Diana Oblinger

President Emeritus of EDUCAUSE

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Dr. Diana G. Oblinger is President Emeritus of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association of 2,300 colleges, universities, and education organizations whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. She served as President and CEO from 2008 – 2015, and as Vice President from 2004-2008. Previously, Oblinger held positions in academia and business: Vice President for Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer for the University of North Carolina system, Executive Director of Higher Education for Microsoft, and IBM Director of the Institute for Academic Technology. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia and at Michigan State University.

Oblinger is known for her leadership in teaching and learning. She founded the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, and, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she led the creation of the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $65M program focused on improving college readiness and completion through information technologies.

Oblinger has served on a variety of boards including the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, the board of directors of ACT, the American Council on Education (ACE) board, and chair of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ellucian.

Oblinger is a frequent keynote speaker as well as the author or of co-author multiple books. She has received outstanding teaching and research awards, has served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds three honorary degrees. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.