Dale Allen


President and co-founder of the DXtera Institute, Dale Allen is responsible for the expertise and strategic direction necessary to realize DXtera’s entrepreneurial vision of transforming higher education through digital solutions. A nationally recognized leader in post-secondary education policy and innovation, Allen brings over 25 years of experience in public and private higher education, systems office, and private industry. His successful record scaling educational innovations has led to over $1 billion in shared investments to support policies, facilities, and efforts aimed at significantly increasing student completion, improving the economic outcomes for individuals and their communities. He most recently served as the Special Assistant to the President for Innovation at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) leading the conceptualization and implementation of the education and workforce development components of two National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NMII): AIM Photonics and AFFOA. Previously, he served as Vice President for Community Engagement at QCC, where he oversaw the $20 million US Department of Labor TAACCCT funded Transformation Agenda. Dr. Allen also served as a Special Assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education where he led policy development for college and career pathways, including Commonwealth’s involvement with Complete College America and the Guided Pathways to Success in STEM Careers Initiative. Allen holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Springfield College and a doctorate in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts, Boston.