John O’Brien

President and CEO of EDUCAUSE

John O’Brien is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

Throughout his 25-year career in higher education, John has served as a leader in technology, academics, and institutional leadership.

He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a provost and college president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, the fifth largest higher education system in the country.

Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in English and English education from Augustana College, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.

Connecting Minds. Creating The Future.

The Great Debate: Do Universities’ Best Days Lie Ahead?

Orange Room = ASB Auditorium/Theatre

Thought provoking and entertaining, this structured debate will definitely be fun. MC of the debate – Liz Gosling, CIO, Auckland University of Technology Affirmative Lead:  Rob Allen, Professor of Social History, Te Ara Poutama Faculty Office, Auckland University of Technology John O’Brien Margi Jantti Negative Lead:  Kerry Holling, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Information Technology […]


Keynote Speaker John O’Brien – Getting to the Bottom of the Top Issues

Orange Room = ASB Auditorium/Theatre

In this keynote, EDUCAUSE CEO and President John O’Brien will dig into the most pressing issues in Education.  Drawing on his experience as a professor, provost, president, and IT leader, Dr. O’Brien will explore why information security, student success, data-informed decision-making, and strategic leadership rise to the top of the top 10 IT issues for […]


Benchmarking on an International Scale: Lessons learned from a Deep Dive

Blue Room

The Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA) comprises representatives from associations throughout the world that promote the use of information technology in higher education. CHEITA was established in 2011 to share best practices across member associations and, by extension, the individual institutions that make up those associations. Most, if not all, of the […]

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