Introducing the 2019 MACTE Symposium Keynote Speakers
Executive Director - Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
Joseph Vibert has been the Executive Director of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) since 2011, representing programmatic accrediting organizations in the US. Previously, he led the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, responsible for testing competency for entry-to-practice through a licensing examination and credential assessment of foreign-trained professionals. He chaired the Canadian Network of National Associations of Regulators, the federation of organizations responsible for protecting the public through self-regulation of professions and occupations. He directed a physical therapist assistant program, has held several administrative positions in hospital settings and served on the board of a foreign credentialing commission.
Vice President for Accreditation Relations -Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Tom Bordenkircher, vice president for accreditation relations, has experience in P–12 public education, higher education, county and state government policy and leadership, national foundation leadership, and specialized accreditation. Prior to coming to HLC, Tom was senior consultant and state director for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s STEM Teaching Fellowship Program. In Ohio, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for the state Board of Regents, where he oversaw higher education program approval and the development of a statewide accountability system for educator preparation programs.
His higher education experience also includes roles as professor of education, chair, director, and associate and interim dean. Prior to his work in higher education, Tom began his career as a teacher of young children with severe disabilities. His professional interests continue to center around research and policy work for young children, especially those experiencing learning and reading difficulties. Dr. Bordenkircher holds B.S., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.