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. The current membership comprises over 2,400 colleges, universities, and education organizations, including 250 corporations. Previously, Oblinger held positions in academia and business, including vice president for information resources and chief information officer for the University of North Carolina system, executive director of higher education for Microsoft, and IBM director of the Institute for Academic Technology. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia and at Michigan State University, and served as the associate dean of academic programs at the University of Missouri.
Since becoming president of EDUCAUSE, Oblinger has become known for innovative product and services growth, and international outreach. For example, she created the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), known for its leadership in teaching, learning, and technology innovation, as well as several signature products, such as the 7 Things You Should Know About series. She also initiated EDUCAUSE's first fully online events and its e-book series, including Educating the Net Generation and Game Changers.
In collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she led the creation of the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $30M program focused on improving college readiness and completion through information technologies. Partners include the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Hewlett Foundation.
Oblinger serves on a variety of boards, including the American Council on Education and DuraSpace. Previous board and advisory service includes the board of directors of ACT, the editorial board of Open Learning, the National Visiting Committee for NSF's National Science Digital Library project, and the NSF Committee on Cyberinfrastructure. She currently serves as chair of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. Oblinger has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Employment, Safety and Training and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Technology.
Oblinger is a frequent keynote speaker and coauthor of the award-winning book, What Business Wants from Higher Education. She is the editor or coeditor of eight books and the author or coauthor of numerous monographs and articles on higher education and technology.
Oblinger 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 (bachelor's, master's, and PhD) and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.