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Patrick Masson (University of Massachusetts Central Office)

Patrick Masson
Special Advisor

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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As Special Advisor to UMassOnline, Patrick Masson provides strategic, operational and organizational consultation to the University of Massachusetts' senior administration regarding issues and projects related to the development and delivery of education online.

Formerly serving as UMassOnline's Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Masson was responsible for the discovery, deployment, and management of the technology infrastructure necessary to support education online across the five campus UMass system as well as several other public and private colleges and universities throughout the State.

Mr. Masson left his role as UMassOnline CTO to accept the position of General Manager and Director of the Open Source Initiative ( As General Manager, reporting to the OSI Board of Directors, Mr. Masson's responsibilities span all organizational and operational activities including: awareness and advocacy; budgeting and planning; member recruitment and community development; fund-raising; coordination and management of public communications and events; technology contracting and infrastructure, as well as; the administration and management of OSI sponsored initiatives, such as the Working Group process, partnerships and Board committees.

Mr. Masson also teaches "Open Source Principles and Practices" within the Informatics Department of The College of Computing & Information at the University at Albany.

Prior to UMassOnline Mr. Masson served as the Chief Information Officer for The State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi. As CIO, Mr. Masson facilitated collaboration, emergence and agility within Delhi's Campus Information Services (CIS) supporting enterprise/desktop applications, technical centers and labs, server/systems administration, network & telecommunications, online/distance learning, the campus print shop as well as user support such as help desk services and training.

Previous to his appointment at SUNY Delhi, Mr. Masson worked for The State University of New York's System Administration as the Director of Technology for Learning Environments, and was responsible for identifying, developing and deploying next-generation technologies, including SUNY's e-learning platform, The SUNY Learning Network (SLN).

Before SUNY, Mr. Masson was Director of the UCLA Media Lab, developing a variety of technology based initiatives in support of education, research and patient care within the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine including medical illustration, computer imaging, statistical analysis, visualization & modeling, online learning and e-commerce.

Mr. Masson is the founder and co-chair of EDUCAUSE's Openness Constituent Group, He also co-founded Jasig's 2-3-98 project, focusing on open initiatives within higher education, as well as serving on the Jasig Board through 2012. Mr. Masson is the former Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the State University of New York's CIO Council and "SIG Master" for NERCOMP's Open Source in Higher Education Special Interest Group. He has served on, and led, a variety of system and university-wide initiatives in areas including: online education, learning management systems, enterprise portals, identify management, distributed services, business intelligence and project management.

Mr. Masson has written for, and contributed to, The EDUCAUSE Review, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Education, Campus Technology and others on various topics including academic technologies, Agile Project Management, distributed/remote services (SOA, Web Services, etc.), Openness and Open Source Software. He has presented on the same at various events including Campus Technology Magazine's annual conference, EDUCAUSE regional and national conferences, NERCOMP, Open Apereo, the Sloan-C Northeast Regional Conference, Jasig's National Conference, Academic Impressions, the SUNY Technology Conference, SUNY Conference on Instructional Technologies and at multiple colleges and universities.

Finally, Mr. Masson teaches a course on Open Source at SUNY Albany, College of Computing and Information.

Patrick and his wife Jamie, a pulmonary and critical care physician, and their two boys, Jack and Hank, live in Loudonville, New York.

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Constituent Group Leaders
    Member , 2008