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EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger to Retire in 2015 After a Career Advancing Education Technology Issues

The association’s Board of Directors will launch a leadership search this month

Washington, DC (April 3, 2014)EDUCAUSE announced today that President and CEO Diana G. Oblinger will retire in March 2015. Dr. Oblinger has led the association for a decade, first as a vice president then as president.

Dr. Oblinger joined EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology association with 2,400 member colleges, universities, and corporations, in 2004 as a vice president and was named as president in 2008. Under her leadership, the association has seen sizable growth in membership, new programs, and influence.

"Each year since Diana came onboard, EDUCAUSE has expanded, most notably in the program offerings for members. Over the past few years there have been several new professional development programs, millions of dollars in grants that support transformative programs, new publications, more and better research, and a massive amount of outreach to the higher education community," said Debra Allison, chair of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors. "Thanks to Diana and her team, EDUCAUSE is well-known and highly respected. We are in a great position to build on the recent achievements and continue to advance thought leadership on technology in higher education."

Dr. Oblinger started EDUCAUSE’s first online events, which reach approximately 20,000 participants per year and created the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). An early focus of ELI was on millennial students and how information technology could be used to enhance their learning. Dr. Oblinger’s work with learning spaces continues to shape how colleges and universities think about formal and informal spaces. As a result, ELI has developed a reputation as the source for innovation in learning.

Dr. Oblinger also launched the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a program supported by many organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. NGLC provides grants for transformational technology-mediated programs in post-secondary and secondary institutions. The program has awarded nearly $55M in grants. Dr. Oblinger’s most recent book, "Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies," offers a transformative vision for how online learning, learning analytics, and degree pathways can make higher education more successful, for all students.

Dr. Oblinger began her career as a faculty member, and then moved into university administration. She changed career paths in the late 1980s to focus on how technology could improve education. With a background in academia and the corporate world, she was well suited to lead a non-profit at the intersection of technology and higher education. After a successful career in higher education, Dr. Oblinger is retiring from EDUCAUSE to focus on her family.

"One of the wonderful qualities Diana has brought to the job is her appreciation and deep understanding of the diversity of the higher education community. She has a remarkable ability to work across all organization types—from research universities to community colleges to corporations. Diana understands our membership; she has been and is one of us. She listens, she is innovative, and she gets the right things done," said David Lassner, former chair of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors and interim president of the University of Hawaii. "Her efforts have greatly advanced the mission of EDUCAUSE and positioned the association to better meet the needs of its members and the entire higher education community."

Dr. Oblinger will continue to forward the organization’s strategic goals and activities for 2014-15 as planned. The EDUCAUSE Board of Directors will announce a search for the new president later this month. Information will be available on the EDUCAUSE website.





EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association. The organization has an estimated 60,000 active members in over 40 countries. The EDUCAUSE annual conference is considered one of the best technology conferences in higher education. EDUCAUSE holds over 20 face-to-face events each year that reach approximately 11,500 individuals, with thousands more involved in online events. The association produces monthly publications for its members including the EDUCAUSE Review with a circulation of 22,000, and EDUCAUSE Review Online, which receives 100,000 unique monthly views. Both are both award-winning publications. For more information, visit