Patrick Jay Masson Joins UMassOnline as Chief Technology Officer

Patrick Jay Masson Joins UMassOnline as Chief Technology Officer

New CTO Has More Than 17 Years of Information Technology Leadership Experience with Prestigious Traditional and Online Institutions of Higher Education

SHREWSBURY, MA – MARCH 18, 2010 – UMassOnline Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ken Udas today announced that after a three-month-long national search, Patrick Jay Masson has been selected to be the organization’s new Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Masson, who has more than 17 years experience in instructional and information technologies supporting education, research, and healthcare within traditional and online campus and university-wide environments, joins UMassOnline from significant Information Technology management, implementation, and executive leadership roles within the State University of New York (SUNY) system over the past six years and, for 11 years prior to that, with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In this new role, reporting to Dr. Udas and effective April 26th, he replaces former UMassOnline CTO Brian Douglas who now serves as Associate Vice President for Budget and Administration for the University of Massachusetts.

In making the announcement, Dr. Udas said, "In selecting Patrick, with whom I worked previously while at SUNY, we have added an exceptionally skilled and experienced individual who will help UMassOnline create the future, articulate our compelling vision, and attract an extended network of equally forward thinking colleagues, peers, and resources to make it happen. He, like all of us on the team, believes we can build on our commitment to learner and faculty success through the use of a variety of technologies that serve as catalysts that enhance access and improve learning experiences and outcomes."

In his most recent role as Chief Information Officer for the past four years at SUNY’s College of Technology at Delhi in Delhi, New York, Mr. Masson facilitated the implementation and support of the campuses’ broad array of administrative, academic, residential and online IT services and systems. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Masson served as Director of Technology Projects for SUNY Learning Environments (SLN). In this role he was responsible for leading the design, development, deployment and maintenance for the State university of New York Learning Environments’ enterprise-level projects including SUNY’s system-wide e-learning platform delivering asynchronous and blended courses for more than 100,000 enrollments, 4,000 courses and 3,500 faculty through the 2006-07 academic year.

Prior to that, throughout an eleven year period of steady advancement and promotion at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1993 to 2004, he extended the use of technology through a variety of educational, research and patient care initiatives. In his last position there, as Director for eight years of the UCLA Media Center for the UCLA School of Dentistry, he led the identification and implementation of new services, strategies, policies and procedures in response to emerging technologies and techniques as well as faculty and staff interests. In this role he had oversight of all informational and instructional technology projects and services including distance learning, internet and intranet development, and advanced computing.

In accepting the position, Mr. Masson said, “While it is clear that technology is facilitating and transforming education, supporting teaching and learning with technology requires broader considerations than simply identifying new tools. We also need to understand the impact of its implication. This is imperative when assessing the value and the role of any emerging technology-driven service or system in higher education today. Understanding how the adoption of various technologies can impact the organization, both operationally and strategically, is key. This is why I have joined UMassOnline with such great enthusiasm. UMassOnline, in short, is one of the leading few in online education which clearly appreciates technology’s impact on higher education, particularly in support of the institution’s mission to extend access while advancing teaching and learning outcomes.”

Mr. Masson, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design at the University of California, Davis and is currently pursuing his Masters of Arts in Management and Policy at State University of New York, Empire State College, is an active participant in various higher education and technology oriented organizations. These include serving as: Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, SUNY Council of CIO's; Co-Chair, EDUCAUSE Openness Constituent Group; “SIG Master,”NERCOMP Special Interest Group on Open Source, and; a member of The Agile Alliance and Certified Scrum Product Owner. Additionally, he has written and presented widely on Agile project management, online learning, Open Source Software and Openness.

About UMassOnline

UMassOnline, the online learning consortium of the University of Massachusetts, provides the highest quality education offered by the UMass system in a flexible, online format enabling students, professionals, and lifelong learners to take courses anywhere, anytime. With 93 undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate and professional development programs and more than 1,500 courses, UMassOnline offers one of the largest accredited online programs available. Programs span the disciplines for which the University is best known: liberal arts, education, management, nursing, public health, information technology, and other disciplines. For more about UMassOnline, go to or visit our blog at


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Date: 3/18/10