Newswise — The California State University (CSU) has appointed Ed Clark, Ed.D., to serve as Chief Information Officer. Dr. Clark currently serves as the Vice President for Innovation and Technology Services, CIO and Chief Digital Officer at the University of St. Thomas, the largest private college in Minnesota.

“Dr. Clark brings a deep understanding of the ways in which technology can improve teaching, learning and research and lead to greater achievement for students," said Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea. “His leadership will be invaluable to the CSU as we continue to explore new and innovative solutions for our students and employees across California."

In his role at the University of St. Thomas, Clark works both internally and externally to enhance the strategic impact of technology for his university and its many stakeholders, all toward the goal of advancing student success. Under his leadership, the university developed new and greatly improved technology capabilities, while modernizing its technology infrastructure and approaches to IT services and portfolio management. Dr. Clark currently serves in many leadership roles for the university and as a board member for several public and private organizations.  

Prior to his appointment at St. Thomas, Dr. Clark was the Chief Information Officer at Minnesota State, Mankato, the largest public university in the Minnesota State University (MSU) system, where he worked and advocated for student and faculty success. He has also served as CIO for the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. In these positions, Dr. Clark was responsible for all aspects of technology, from teaching and learning technologies to research support, infrastructure and administrative computing services, and has led many strategic initiatives for these institutions. 

Dr. Clark holds a doctor of education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, a master of science in management of technology from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts in English from Florida State University.

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 56,000 faculty and staff and 477,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. The CSU was created in 1960 with a mission of providing 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 132,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 4 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.