Donna Petherbridge


Dr. Donna Petherbridge is Interim Vice Provost for Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) organization at North Carolina State University, where she leads a team of training, instructional design, media design and production, applications support and applications development specialists in researching, applying, and supporting innovative academic technologies and distance education program planning & development. She is currently serving as the chair-elect of the NC State University Strategic IT Committee, and is a past chair and current member of the NC State Campus IT Directors group. She is co-founder of the NC State University Women in Technology group (, and also serves as chair emeritus of the NC State University Council on the Status of Women.  She was one of the Paid Parental Leave workgroup members that worked tirelessly for over four years to help get Paid Parental Leave implemented in the UNC System.  

Donna is also an active EDUCAUSE member, serving as a program reviewer since 2014, and as an EDUCAUSE Conference Program Committee member for the 2016 annual conference.

Donna is also an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Leadership, Policy & Adult and Higher Education department in the College of Education at NC State University, where she teaches online courses, mentors graduate students, and serves on dissertation committees. She has been a member of the graduate faculty since 2008.

Donna has more than 20 years of experience in supporting higher educational faculty members in leveraging technology to support their instructional goals, and prior to that, experience teaching in both middle and high school. She has co-authored/authored technology with related articles and presentations, focusing on topics such as using emerging technologies, building communities in online courses and servant leadership.

Donna was awarded the NC State University 2012 Workforce & Human Resource Education Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Service, has been recognized as an NC State Pride of the Wolfpack winner, and nominated for the 2020 NC State Chancellor's Creating Community Award. She is also regularly recognized as on outstanding instructor via the NC State University Thank a Teacher program.

Donna holds a B.A. in English (Elon University), a Master's degree in Information Science (North Carolina Central University), and an Ed.D. in Adult & Community College Education (North Carolina State University).

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