Prospective member institutions, partners, and sponsors are encouraged to contact Randal Abler, Executive Director of the VIP Consortium. 

Randal Abler
Executive Director, VIP Consortium

Dr. Randal Abler has more than 20 years’ experience in developing cutting-edge tools and methods which expand the impact of higher education, with a special interest in distributed educational networks.


Dr. Abler has been a principal in conceptualizing and forming the VIP Consortium.  He served as Co-Director of the Arbutus Center and the Vertically Integrated Projects Program at Georgia Tech from 2008 - 2019.  During this time, he developed information technology and software tools used to evaluate and manage VIP teams.  These tools have facilitated extensive analysis of the VIP educational approach, which has enabled significant growth of the VIP program.  He also led the Intelligent Digital Communications VIP team at Georgia Tech. From 2014 - 2018, he served as the program manager for all sites funded during the VIP Consortium’s pilot phase, managing contract negotiations, budget allocations, awards of supplemental budgets, and reporting expectations. 

Before joining VIP, Dr. Abler held a variety of academic and research roles at Georgia Tech.  He earned his BEE, MEE and PhD from Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.