Dr. Eric Heiser is the Provost of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). He serves as the Chief Academic, Student Support, and Workforce officer for COTC. He has worked in higher education for nearly two decades in roles spanning from faculty to senior administration. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University. Prior to COTC, Heiser spent six years at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and built one of the nation’s largest Competency-Based Education (CBE) Programs with a focus on serving underserved and minority students. He led award-winning efforts and established procedures for SLCC’s non-credit to credit conversion, which allows students to transfer non-credit studies towards associate degrees. He has delivered over three dozen conference presentations and key notes and published several articles on the topic of CBE and academic innovation. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Lumina Foundation-funded Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). He is also a founding member of the National Advisory Board for Postsecondary Competency-Based Education and Learning Research. In addition to his work in CBE, Dr. Heiser serves as President of the Board for the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA). He was also appointed a content expert to the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse to advise the department on best practices in career and technical education.