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Michael BermanMichael Berman Ph.D., has been appointed as the California State University’s (CSU) chief information officer. Berman currently serves as the CSU’s deputy chief information officer and chief innovation officer and will assume his new role on October 14, 2019.

“Dr. Berman is well-respected by the national higher education community for his leadership in using technology as an enabler for student success, and is uniquely qualified for the CSU systemwide chief information officer position,” said Steve Relyea, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer. “Michael’s appointment will ensure a smooth transition and continuity of the momentum of critical technology initiatives for the university.”

Berman has over twenty years of experience working in executive and senior leadership information technology roles in higher education, including serving as vice president for technology and innovation at California State University Channel Islands. He also served as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Art Center College of Design and as vice president for instructional and information technology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In his current role as deputy chief information officer, he has been the senior advisor to the CSU’s current chief information officer Patrick Perry.

Dr. Berman holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, has authored numerous national articles on the role of technology in higher education, and has served on several boards including New Media Consortium and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
California State University, Northridge’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host its Richard Smith Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 24, featuring a presentation by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
Monday, Oct 7, 2019
The fall 2019 Star Party at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus on Friday evening, Oct. 25 will be doubly significant as it coincides with the college’s 50th anniversary and Apollo 11’s historic moon landing.
Monday, Oct 7, 2019
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees will meet for a special board workshop on Tuesday and hold a regular business meeting on Wednesday.
Friday, Oct 4, 2019
For students of Yalil Guerra, whether at College of the Canyons or the University of California, Los Angeles, it’s both strange and inspiring for them to look at their professor and think, “That’s a Grammy nominee.”
Friday, Oct 4, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a series of bills into law Friday focused on affordability, transparency and integrity in higher education.
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