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UCEA Honors UC Irvine Dean Gary W. Matkin with Julius M. Nolte Award

Top Continuing Education Association Awards Dean of Continuing Education with Esteemed Leadership Award

IRVINE, Calif. – April 21, 2010 – Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of continuing education at the University of California, Irvine, was chosen by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) as the annual recipient of its highest award given to an individual, the Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership. Since 1953, UCEA has recognized outstanding contributions to the association and the field of university continuing education through its award programs. Dean Matkin was chosen for his 36-year career and significant accomplishments in university continuing education.

“Receiving this prestigious award from UCEA and being in the company of its past recipients is truly an honor,” says Matkin. “I’ve been so fortunate to have seen continuing education evolve through the years and I’m excited to see what the future brings as continuing education continues to lead higher education in innovation and service.”

Serving as dean of continuing education at UC Irvine since March 1, 2000, Matkin leads UC Irvine’s University Extension, Summer Session, and the UCI Distance Learning Center. In addition, Matkin oversees the University Extension’s English language and international programs—serving more than 3,000 students each year.

Matkin also initiated and guides the University’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative. UC Irvine was the first University of California campus and first West Coast university to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC). Under Matkin’s direction, the University has published more than 50 complete courses on its OCW Web site—allowing learners and educators throughout the world to access some of UC Irvine’s curriculum. Matkin currently serves as treasurer of the OCWC.

As the principal investigator of several foundation grants, Matkin advises and supports the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on matters regarding the Foundation’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative. Matkin also consults with U.S. universities and international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on subjects of continuing education administration, distance and online education and regional economic development.

Prior to becoming UC Irvine’s dean of continuing education, Matkin was associate dean at UC Berkeley Extension, where he also was chief academic officer and responsible for the UC Berkeley Extension distance learning program, including its rapidly expanding online education initiative. He holds a doctorate in higher education and a master‘s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley. Matkin is a certified public accountant and author of Effective Budgeting in Continuing Education (1985), Technology Transfer and the University (1990), and Using Financial Information in Continuing Education: Accepted Methods and New Approaches (1997). He resides in Irvine, Calif., with his wife, Maya, and their son, Ethan.

About University Continuing Education Association

The University Continuing Education Association serves as an important resource to the profession. Its members rely on the Association for timely, cross-disciplinary perspectives on pressing concerns as well as for strategies that can help them respond to the growing population of adults and non-traditional students seeking continuous learning opportunities. For more information, visit

About UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare Initiative

The University of California, Irvine was the first University of California campus–and West Coast University–to join the OCW Consortium. UC Irvine's membership in the OCW Consortium is consistent with its public- and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open educational resources (OER) showcase the University's high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. UC Irvine's OCW is a large-scale, Web-based resource that houses educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, modifiable, and, best of all, free and easily available. Through the OCW movement, UC Irvine provides University-quality courses and learning assets to populations of self-learners that are underserved and in many cases, unable to participate in formal education at a university. This site also offers access to UC Irvine’s online continuing education offerings. For more information about UC Irvine's OCW initiative, visit, e-mail or follow us at and Facebook (UC Irvine OpenCourseWare).

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit