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IDLA Announces New CEO

Written By onci on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | 2:37 PM

After eight years at the helm, Idaho Digital Learning Academy’s CEO Donna Hutchison has accepted a notable position with a national online school. This fall, Hutchison will become Regional Vice President with Connections Academy.

“This job offer is a direct reflection on IDLA’s reputation as a national leader in 21st Century learning,” said Hutchison. “As a founding member of IDLA, I am sad to leave the organization, but I am looking forward to the challenge of advancing online learning by serving students at a regional and national level.”

At Hutchison’s recommendation, the IDLA Board of Directors appointed veteran administrator, Cheryl Charlton to take over the role of Chief Executive Officer. For the past three years, Charlton has been IDLA’s Chief Operating Officer.

“I am excited to elevate my role within this outstanding organization,” said Charlton. “The demand for our online services continues to grow and we will continue to serve the needs of students throughout Idaho.”

In 2002, Idaho Digital Learning was created by the Idaho Legislature and Idaho School Administrator Association. Since its inception, it has served more than 40,000 students in nearly all of Idaho’s school districts!

“We are proud of IDLA’s accomplishments and its service to Idaho students under the direction of Donna Hutchison,” said George Boland, IDLA Board Chairman. “We are not surprised that her talents are being recognized at the national level. We are also delighted that Cheryl Charlton will succeed Donna as the next visionary leader of IDLA.”

 “I will always remain passionate about the importance of IDLA and its role in the future of online learning and opportunities for students,” said Hutchison. “It has been a job of a lifetime!”

Charlton will take over as CEO effective November 1, 2010.

~ Melissa M.
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