Myk (Mike) Garn is an educational innovator and strategist with 30+ years of experience developing and deploying new instructional operations models, primarily for college and state systems. At the University System of Georgia, Garn leads the development of competency-based education (CBE) programs. He is also the principal investigator for the National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (AI-ALOE), a GRA-led and NSF-supported research endeavor to optimize online learning for adults
Garn has studied and driven academic innovation in numerous arenas, often at the intersection of technology and policy. At the Southern Regional Education Board, an educational compact of 16 southern states, he directed the Educational Technology Cooperative and developed the National Online Teacher of the Year program. He previously served as executive director of the Kentucky Virtual Campus, and also led eLearning for the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education.
Garn has also served as VP for academic strategies for StraighterLine, an Internet startup based in Baltimore. Throughout his career, he has conducted research and shaped policy in areas such as emerging trends, education affordability and disruptive innovation in education.