Bruce N. Chaloux
Written by Caroline Caroline   
Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 AM

Bruce N. Chaloux

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux, CEO and Executive Director of the Sloan Consortium, and for many years an individual member of ICDE.

By Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE:

I met Bruce sharing the joy of participating at the EDEN conference in Porto, Portugal last year and we immediately found a good tone. We shared visions for learning and for the associations we were a part of. We teamed up together in several activities, and became close partners. He was a good-humoured, kind and generous friend. 

Bruce led Sloan-C, an international organization dedicated to the growth, expansion and integration of online learning into the mainstream of higher education. In 2010, Bruce was named as an Inaugural Sloan-C Fellow. Bruce has also been engaged and recognized by other professional associations for his advocacy work. Most recently this year, Bruce was honoured by the NUTN advisory board with their highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award. He is to be inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame at the Sloan-C Conference in November in Orlando. The award will be conferred posthumously.Bruce was an optimistic and dedicated leader who up to his last days spent time and energy for pushing our joint projects, in particular our plans to develop an overview of what is happening on a global basis in distance and online education. Bruce had a passion for developing leadership in online learning and participated enthusiastically in developing the concept of Leadership for change in a time of openness, which is also the theme for this year's ICDE SCOP meeting.

Previous to serving as CEO of the Sloan Consortium, Bruce served for fourteen years as the Director of Student Access Programs at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in the United States where he founded and oversaw SREB’s sixteen state Electronic Campus which now includes 2000 degree programs from 300 colleges. During this period he was on the board of Sloan C and became the organizations second president. His efforts to coordinate the Sloan Semester, an initiative to serve learners impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2007 demonstrated the potential of online learning and were a highlight of his career. Bruce also led extended campus programmes at Virginia Tech.

Bruce lived his life enthusiastically and fully. His engaging spirit endeared him to everyone he met. His quick wit, smile and genuine interest in people won over all who he met. Bruce leaves a huge hole in ICDE and in many organizations and relationships. We agree with Sloan-C in honouring Bruce’s legacy that “there will be no end to the good Bruce Chaloux has done!” As Bruce would enjoin, “there is much to be done!”, and we can keep that spirit alive!

He will be dearly missed.

For more information, please see the Sloan-C website: