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UMassOnline Lures New CTO from SUNY

The CIO of SUNY's College of Technology in Dehli, NY is moving to UMassOnline, the online learning consortium of the University of Massachusetts, as CTO. Patrick Masson has been selected to be the organization's new chief technology officer after six years with the State University of New York, where he oversaw work on a broad set of enterprise IT initiatives, including the SUNY system's e-learning platform. Prior to SUNY Masson spent 11 years with the University of California, Los Angeles.

In this new role, Masson will report to UMassOnline CEO Ken Udas. He moves into the position left vacant when former CTO Brian Douglas became associate vice president for budget and administration for the University of Massachusetts.

"In selecting Patrick, with whom I worked previously while at SUNY, we have added an exceptionally skilled and experienced individual who will help UMassOnline create the future, articulate our compelling vision, and attract an extended network of equally forward thinking colleagues, peers, and resources to make it happen," said Udas. "He, like all of us on the team, believes we can build on our commitment to learner and faculty success through the use of a variety of technologies that serve as catalysts that enhance access and improve learning experiences and outcomes."

UMassOnline provides 1,500 online courses for 93 undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate, and professional development programs, severing about 40,000 students worldwide.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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