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Ed Klonoski

Ed Klonoski

President , Charter Oak State College

In February 2008, Ed Klonoski was named president of Charter Oak State College. The College, created by the Connecticut Legislature in 1973, assists adult learners in achieving their educational goals. Charter Oak’s academic program is offered online to students across Connecticut and the nation, with approximately 500 new Bachelors degree conferred each year.


Previously, Klonoski spent 10 years as the first President of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, a collaborative effort by 50 Connecticut institutions of learning to deliver high quality, web-based education.  From Course Management System applications, to pedagogy, student services, and institutional research, Klonoski has facilitated the Consortium’s online innovations. In 2004, the CTDLC received an Education Excellence Award from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).


Prior to directing the CTDLC, Klonoski served as Director of Information Technology at Charter Oak State College. He also spent 15 years teaching Composition & Rhetoric in a networked classroom and 5 years teaching faculty to create interactive multimedia.  He has produced various sorts of educational media, published and presented on using the new media in teaching and learning, and consulted with a variety of institutions in both education and industry. 


Klonoski served as the Chair of the President’s Forum, a collaboration of accredited, national, adult-serving institutions and programs which have embraced the power and potential of online education.  He is immediate past chair of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, and serves on the boards for Leadership Greater Hartford, the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding Board member of the Lumina funded Competency-based Education Network.


Ed has been a lifetime resident of Connecticut with degrees from UCONN and the University of Hartford. 

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