Myk Garn

Myk Garn, Ph.D.

Myk (Mike) Garn is an academic innovator and strategist bringing over 30 years experience to developing, deploying and leading college and state system instructional, operational, organizational and strategic models. 

At the University System of Georgia his activities include coordination of the New Learning Models Advisory Council and support for the collaborative Precalculus Emporium.  Broader areas of exploration include new pedagogical, instructional, support, fiscal and assessment models utilizing Open Education Resources (OER), competency-based education, mastery-based advancement and faculty-centered approaches to student-directed learning.

Previously Dr. Garn served as Vice President for Academic Strategies for StraighterLine, an Internet startup, where he built relationships with academic partners. Prior to StraighterLine he held positions as Director of the Educational Technology Cooperative at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), founding Chief Academic Officer and later Executive Director of the Kentucky Virtual Campus, Associate Vice President for eLearning at the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education, Director of Distance Education Policy and Planning for the University System of Georgia and Executive Director of the Instructional Technology Development Center at Lamar State College/Orange in Texas.

Dr. Garn has studied and driven academic innovation in numerous arenas. He developed the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year program.  He co-authored the landmark “Virtual College and University Consortia: A National Study,” a book chapter on diffusion of state level online initiatives and completed a doctorate in gubernatorial policy entrepreneurship in higher education reform. 

An acknowledged researcher, Dr. Garn was Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project researching student-directed search models for the National STEM Digital Library and has served on grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), Lumina Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His areas of inquiry include strategic futuring and analysis of emerging trends, increasing educational affordability, fast failure and learning from worst practices, disruptive innovation, quality standards, governance, and accessibility of Internet-based instruction and services for learners with disabilities.

He has also been a commercial photographer, a college photography instructor at Michigan’s Lansing Community College, manager of an underwater photography center in Grand Cayman, BWI and award-winning television producer of the “Techniques of the Masters” documentary photography series for the Eastman Kodak Company.

Dr. Garn holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Arts in Educational System Design from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Underwater Photographic Technology from the Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Sciences.