Dr. Diana G. Oblinger is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. Previously, Oblinger held positions in both academia and business. Since joining EDUCAUSE, Oblinger has become known for innovative product and services growth as well as international outreach. She created the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), known for its leadership in teaching, learning, and technology innovation and also initiated EDUCAUSE’s first fully online events and its e-book series, including the e-books Educating the Net Generation and Game Changers. She led the creation of the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $30M program sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that focuses on improving college readiness and completion through information technologies.
Oblinger has served on a variety of boards, including the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, the board of directors of ACT, the editorial board of Open Learning, the American Council on Education (ACE) board, and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. She is a frequent keynote speaker and author or editor of numerous books and articles on higher education and technology. She has received outstanding teaching and research awards, was named Young Alumnus of the Year by Iowa State University, and holds three honorary degrees. She is a graduate of Iowa State University (Bachelors, Masters, and PhD).