PhD Graduate of Capella University Appointed to Secretary General of the BVI National Commission for UNESCO

Allison Flax-Archer, PhD, a graduate of Capella University, an accredited online university that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults, has been appointed secretary general of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) National Commission for UNESCO.

British Virgin Islands Governor Boyd McCleary, CMG, CVO, appointed Dr. Flax-Archer to the position, where she serves as the liaison between the BVI office and UNESCO’s world headquarters in Paris, France. Flax-Archer earned her PhD in Education with a Postsecondary and Adult Education specialization from Capella.

As of Dec. 31, 2010, more than 39,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella, with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs.

“Capella University has enabled me to achieve the degree of my choice while I continued to be a wife, mother and professional. In years to come distance learning will become the choice method of attaining a degree, and I am thrilled that my experience and success at Capella has inspired others,” Flax-Archer said.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is an agency of the United Nations that promotes international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.

Flax-Archer’s responsibilities with UNESCO include managing the daily activities of the National Commission secretariat, serving as liaison between the Virgin Islands, UNESCO headquarters and field officers, coordinating UNESCO projects, administering financial contributions, evaluating financial reports, and disseminating information in an effort to create interest and promote understanding regarding the purpose of UNESCO.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 136 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. More than 39,000 learners were enrolled as of Dec. 31, 2010, from all 50 states and 59 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

* Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
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