Mara Hancock Appointed Chief Information Officer

Mara Hancock appointed CIO

Mara Hancock has been appointed to the position of chief information officer (CIO) at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by CCA President Stephen Beal. As the senior technology officer of the college, she will lead the Educational Technology Services (ETS) division, which is responsible for the support of faculty, students, and staff in their use of technology; the acquisition and support of academic and administrative applications; and the design, installation, and maintenance of CCA’s networking, telecommunications, and web infrastructure. She will oversee a staff of 30 and manage a budget of $2.5 million. Hancock comes to CCA from University of California, Berkeley, where she holds the concurrent positions of director of educational technology services, director of online learning, and associate CIO for academic engagement. She will begin at CCA on September 1, 2012.

President Beal commented, “CCA has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years, adding several new academic programs and increasing enrollment by more than 500 students. We are now at a critical juncture where strategic leadership is needed to meet the growing technology needs of our evolving institution. Mara will have a tremendous opportunity to lead and support a new era of technological planning and innovation at CCA. Her extensive experience in academic technology will serve us very well. I am particularly pleased and proud that Mara is a CCA alumna; she received her BFA here in 1986. Having forged a highly successful career in institutional technology, she is a wonderful example of where an education in the arts can lead.”

Hancock stated, “I am delighted to join CCA and am inspired by its mission to cultivate students who are not only creative artists, designers, and writers but also active contributors to their community. Overseeing the college’s technology portfolio will be an interesting and welcome challenge for me. I look forward to working with faculty, students, and staff to craft a comprehensive and innovative technology vision that supports the creative legacy and excellence that has made CCA one of the nation’s premier art schools.”

About Mara Hancock

Mara Hancock has been with the educational technology services (ETS) department at University of California, Berkeley, since 2002, moving from Learning Systems manager to associate director and then director in 2008. The ETS department provides services to a user base of more than 50,000 faculty, students, staff, and research teams for their teaching, collaboration, and learning technology needs. Among her many accomplishments has been the oversight for course design and delivery of UC’s systemwide online instruction pilot project, which is focused on designing, delivering, and evaluating online undergraduate courses across nine campuses.

Hancock has also been active in open source projects focused on serving the needs of higher education through collaborative software and open courseware. She envisioned and led the international Opencast project, a collaboration of individuals, higher education institutions and organizations working to explore and develop best practices and technologies for the management of audiovisual content in academia. Prior to her position at UC Berkeley, Hancock held increasingly responsible leadership positions at DigitalThink, Inc., a start-up e-learning company. She holds an MFA in instructional technology from San Francisco State University and a BFA (1986) from CCA. She currently resides in Berkeley.