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Pace’s New CIO

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Clare van den Blink will join Pace University as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective August 18, 2014.

As Pace University’s CIO, Clare van den Blink will be in charge of the University’s Information Technology Services Department (ITS) and lead the development and implementation of a strategic technology agenda that supports Pace’s mission, strategic goals, and academic programs. The CIO reports to the Provost in a newly realigned structure that recognizes the importance of technology in teaching and learning, and optimizing student learning outcomes.

In addition to her responsibility for all information technology and infrastructure support services for academic, research, and administrative computing at Pace, she will also oversee all of the University’s telecommunications, networking services, and information security.

"Clare van den Blink's deep immersion in educational technology will be of great value as Pace defines its own path in a time of rapid change," Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman said.

“We are counting on Clare’s informed vision and strong implementation skills to provide faculty with the technological infrastructure they need to carry out innovations in teaching and research in keeping with current changes in the higher education landscape,” said Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD.

Van den Blink brings many years of top-tier experience in information technology in academic, non-profit organizations, and industry, including several positions at Cornell University. She most recently served as Director of Academic Technologies at Cornell, where she helped develop a new IT strategic plan and was responsible for the design and launch of the university’s recent mobile strategy. In addition to her duties at Cornell, van den Blink also led the recent Learning Analytics Task Force for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Faculty Advisory Council on Technology, was a speaker at the SUNY Chancellor’s Big Data conference, and on a panel discussing “Policy and Protocols for MOOC Research” at the spring 2014 edX conference.

Clare van den Blink has distinguished herself as a leader in the field of information technology, pioneering the development of the teaching and learning taxonomy for the SUNY-sponsored FLEXSpace initiative. She was a key contributor on Cornell’s leadership team for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), and led the data analytics and research team for CornellX, as part of the edX consortium. In addition, she served as co-leader of the Internet2 Net+ initiative on eTextbooks and emerging digital content, and is a nationally recognized expert on, advocate for, and speaker about eTextbook trends and development.

“Pace has well developed information technology services that can be leveraged to encourage innovation in teaching and learning, and support distinctive research programs,” van den Blink said. “I look forward to joining the Pace University Community and working to build new IT services for the future.”

Van den Blink’s experience with leading research, experimentation, and piloting of emerging learning technologies will assist Pace in promoting innovation in an ever-changing technology environment. Pace University is nationally recognized as a leader in online education and ranks among the very first institutions in higher education to offer an online degree program. The University is presently listed as number three in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the best online bachelor’s degree programs, and holds the number one position for all New York City-based colleges and universities.