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VP Technology & Communication


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Frankly, I’m interested in dang near everything


Michael Berman has spent most of his career in higher education. After earning tenure as a faculty member in Computer Science at Rowan University in New Jersey, he became Director of the Office of Instructional Technology and then Associate Provost for Information Resources. In 2000, he moved to Cal Poly Pomona where he was named Vice President for Instructional and Information Technology. In 2005 he became the Chief Technology Officer at Art Center College of Design.

In 2009, Dr. Berman joined CSU Channel Islands, originally as the CIO and now as Vice President for Technology & Communication. In this role he is responsible both for campus information and academic technology as well as communication and marketing. He has an appointment in the computer science department, has taught a graduate course on network programming and has advised graduate students.

Dr. Berman earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, where he also taught undergraduate courses. He has written and spoken widely on topics including 3D printing, cloud computing, identity management, data analytics, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. He is an NMC Board of Trustee and an active member of the NMC Horizon Project Advisory Board.

Dr. Berman has a significant presence on social media (@amichaelberman), and was recently named one of 20 “Rising Star CIO’s on Twitter” and one of the 10 most “Social CIO’s in Higher Education” in Huffington Post. He is the co-founder of the EduSoCal conference, which brought over a hundred people from across Southern California to discuss information technology in higher education. He has worked with startup companies, developed computer software, and authored a widely-used textbook, published in 1997 and still in print.