The New Media Consortium (NMC) announced today that Dr. Eden Dahlstrom will be appointed Executive Director, effective January 30, 2017. With an extensive career in higher education leadership and research, Eden will bring invaluable experience and vision to the organization.

edenEden has served as chief research officer at EDUCAUSE, leading the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) team and managing a vast portfolio of data, research, and analytics initiatives. She earned her Doctorate of Education from University of Southern California. As a widely published researcher and speaker, Eden has contributed significant thought leadership to the field. The NMC is well-positioned to benefit from her commitment to research rigor and methodologies, especially with regards to the Horizon Project.

“I’m very excited to join the NMC as the executive director,” says Eden. “I am personally driven to help more evenly distribute the future that William Gibson so pointedly said, is already here. The NMC is positioned to lead, empower, and catalyze innovation across the entire learning spectrum and around the world. Together we will identify the promise of emerging technologies and new media in learning and creativity, and turn that promise into practice.”

This leadership transition comes at an opportune time for the organization. Now in its 24th year, the NMC serves a global community of hundreds of institutional members and thousands of individuals across the higher education, academic and research library, K-12, and museum sectors. With Eden at the helm, there is ample opportunity to provide enhanced resources and programming to the NMC membership that align with the most cutting-edge practices in education. The NMC Horizon Project has charted the spread of innovative models and technology in teaching and learning for the past 15 years; its flagship publications have attracted a readership approaching four million annually in nearly 200 countries. The NMC looks forward to evolving this program and deepening its impact — along with a host of other projects and events — to be as germane as possible to the field.

“The Board is thrilled that we could find a new executive director as highly qualified, creative, and enthusiastic as Eden,” says Michael Berman, NMC Board Chair. “We’re confident that she will position the NMC for an exciting and sustainable future.”

Eden is joining an accomplished staff with strategic and visionary stewardship from a dedicated board of directors. She will succeed Peggy Snyder, who became the NMC’s interim executive director in May 2016. Peggy has provided tremendous leadership to the NMC, managing organization operations and strategic initiatives. She will support Eden and the team during the transition.