William Lynch, Ph.D. is a professor and former dean at Drexel University. Lynch came to Drexel University in 2004 to lead the School of Education and served as a Drexel dean for over ten years, concurrently serving on the university’s executive council. In September 2008, he oversaw the merger of the School of Education with continuing and professional studies, forming the Goodwin College of Professional Studies.
Lynch has pursued a mission to provide opportunities to learners across the lifespan and across the globe through distance learning, with a special focus on adult, non-traditional, and urban learners. He has led the development of over 30 online or blended academic programs and numerous creative products including videos, mobile apps, and interactive learning modules. Lynch systemically integrated instructional design and media production into online learning with a mandate for team-based course design and development. He also served in a leadership role in workforce development as a board member and chair of the Collegiate Consortium. Lynch is now focusing on experiential learning residencies, emerging learning technology, and competency based education.
During his time term as dean, the School of Education expanded full and part-time annual enrollments to over 2000 diverse students of progressively more competitive qualifications, grew programs online and at off-campus locations. As a result of strategic marketing, the school serves students in all 50 states, and 6 continents, with robust study abroad initiatives.
Prior to his arrival at Drexel, Lynch served as vice president for operations for GWSolutions Inc., a subsidiary of the George Washington University. Previously, Lynch was the founding executive director of the Center for Distance and Mediated Learning, as well as the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University for seventeen years.