EDUCAUSE selects new president and CEO

Board of Directors announces selection following a six-month search

educause-leadershipThe EDUCAUSE Board of Directors on January 20 announced the selection of Dr. John O’Brien as the next president and CEO of the higher education technology association, which serves more than 2,400 member colleges, universities, and corporations globally. O’Brien will succeed Dr. Diana G. Oblinger, who will now retire May 31, 2015 after serving in the role since January 2008.

“I am honored to join EDUCAUSE as president and CEO,” said O’Brien. “The opportunity presented by EDUCAUSE—as the premier leader in the dynamic, growing, and ever-changing environment of higher education—is extraordinarily compelling. Higher education is at a crucial inflection point, and technology will make a significant difference in the years ahead, ” O’Brien noted. “By convening and advancing the work of its members, the association is uniquely positioned to help the higher education community more fully realize the strategic importance of IT on campus and beyond.”

Currently, O’Brien serves as the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), the fifth largest higher education system in the country. An accomplished leader, O’Brien previously served as president of North Hennepin Community College, chief academic officer and acting president of Century College, and associate vice chancellor of instructional technology at MnSCU.

(Next page: O’Brien’s new contributions to EDUCAUSE)

Laura Ascione