Gene Ziegler is a semi-retired educator and online learning  specialist.  He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Penn State University and is currently an independent consultant.

He has worked extensively as a private consultant for academic institutions interested in expanding their reach with online learning. His strategic consulting clients have included such institutions as The Wharton School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School Publishing, Cornell University, The Owen Management School at Vanderbilt, Thunderbird School of International Management, Arizona State's WP Carey School of management, and Babson College.

Gene has formerly held positions as General Education Chair for American Sentinel University, Director of Information Technology at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, VP for Faculty Affairs for American Sentinel University, Dean of the American graduate School of Management, Chief Learning Officer for Corpedia Education, and Chief Technology Officer for Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management.

His prior teaching credits include Colgate University, Cornell University, Arizona State University, and American Sentinel University. He is also coauthor of an online training program for high-tech entrepreneurs.

Between assignments, Gene and his wife, Lynn Hand, launched an aerial photography company in 2004 and a school portrait photography company in 2013.

He lives with his wife in Chandler Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.