“We are so lucky to have Corey join the Augusta University online team,” Austin said. “Corey has a unique combination of operational and teaching skills that make him well qualified to help us both improve our online teaching and build the infrastructure we need to support students on their online journey.
“Having worked extensively in the online community over the past eight years with faculty, students and administrators at all levels and abilities at Kean University, what I love most about Corey’s passion for this new role, it’s how it always starts with the student in spirit,” Austin continued. “That’s one of the reasons Newsweek ranked Corey’s programs among the best in the nation for student satisfaction.
“I am excited to join Dr. Austin in providing additional high-quality, innovative learning opportunities to the Augusta University community,” said Vigdor. “I was so impressed with the dedication to online learning displayed by everyone I met during the hiring process, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Vigdor, who brings 30 years of higher education experience, including 20 directly focused on online learning, will join the recently announced AVP for Strategic Marketing and Enrollment Management Cristina Raecke as Austin’s first two staff hires. His expertise includes program development, instructional design, faculty training and mentoring, accreditation, technology, and teaching.
Vigdor comes to Augusta University Online after spending the past eight years at Kean University in New Jersey, the last two of which as Dean of the School of Online Education. He was also Associate Dean from 2018-2020 and Director of the Center for Online Learning and Professional Development from 2014-2017.
During his eight years at Kean University, Vigdor has built a strong, award-winning online program with more than 20 online programs enrolling students from multiple states and around the world.
Kean was rated by Newsweek as a top 100 online program nationally and #2 in the state of New Jersey. Kean University’s online programs have also received numerous independent rankings, including #2 in the State of New Jersey in Biology, #5 in the nation in Criminal Justice, #10 in the nation in Management of human resources, the No. 19 in the country. in accounting and No. 21 nationally in nursing.
Vigdor has also helped generate nearly $100 million in revenue from online course enrollment, been instrumental in training approximately 2,000 Kean University faculty in online pedagogy and technology, and led 14 university-wide professional development conferences.
Prior to his time at Kean, Vigdor served as executive director of the Center for Distance Education at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey (2010-13) and held multiple positions for nine years at DeVry University (1997-2006). He has also held positions at the College Board (2007-2010) and Saint Peter’s University (1993-97).
Be part of the process
The Augusta University online landing page is a way for Austin and his team to share updates on the initiative’s progress. Included on the page is a frequently asked questions section.
Part of the process of building this new college is listening, and Austin hopes current and prospective faculty, staff, and students will lend their voices to the “Ask a question” section at the bottom of the page. This contribution will not only help answer questions from the AU community, but also shape the development of Augusta University Online.
Austin is developing the infrastructure and student experience, all linked to the university’s recently launched strategic plan: Create a legacy like no other.