President & CEO
Michigan Virtual University
An educator and technology buff, David Spencer is president and CEO of the Michigan Virtual University, a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1998 by Governor John Engler. Dr. Spencer and the MVU are charged with meeting the specific workforce development education and training needs of Michigan's primary business sectors through the innovative use of distributed learning technologies.
Dr. Spencer is the former president and CEO of Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration in Troy, Michigan. Under his leadership, Walsh College developed a new master's degree in business administration, a master's in information management and communication, and multi-level courses in interactive marketing, all of which incorporate information technology into the curricula. Dr. Spencer also opened two suburban Detroit extension centers, launched a $6.1 million capital campaign, and expanded its corporate training and business alliances throughout Southeast Michigan.
Dr. Spencer began his career as a Michigan public school teacher and later served as a chief administrative assistant in the Michigan senate, working as an aide to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Higher Education and the Computer/Technology Committee.
He serves on the governing boards of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Task Force on Distance Learning, and Midwest Higher Education Commission Task Force on Distance Education.
Previously, he chaired the Oakland County Cable Communications Corporation, Business Enterprise Development Center in Oakland County, and Troy Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the boards of the International Center for Canadian-American Trade, Oakland County Local Development Corporation, WJBK-TV Editorial Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan, and Henry Ford Health System-Northeast.
Jamey Fitzpatrick (EPFP 90-91)
Vice President for Development & Educational Policy
Michigan Virtual University
Jamey Fitzpatrick joined the Michigan Virtual University in 1998 as vice president of development and education policy. He works with corporations, granting agencies and foundations to enhance MVU fund development to help advance workforce development through distributed learning. Most recently, Fitzpatrick garnered a $750,000 Ameritech grant to MVU to support the launch of the Virtual Information Technology College.
In addition to fund development, Fitzpatrick also works with schools, colleges, universities and policy leaders in forming Web-based learning strategies.
Both an education and technology specialist, Fitzpatrick has practical experience in promoting the use of technology in education. Previously the director of data and technology services for the Michigan Department of Education, Fitzpatrick was the lead architect of the state's 1998 technology plan, adopted unanimously by the State Board of Education. He also has served as director of technology and media services for the Saginaw Intermediate School District and as a marketing specialist for the Pitney Bowes Corporation.
In 1995, Fitzpatrick was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Information Network advisory board, which examined statewide connectivity for the state's entire education system. He now serves on the boards of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, and the Michigan Information Technology Network.
Fitzpatrick earned a bachelor's in business administration from Olivet College and participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.