Cynthia Golden


Cynthia Golden is a senior advisor to the University Center for Teaching and Learning (UCTL) at the University of Pittsburgh.  She most recently served as Associate Provost and as Executive Director of the UCTL and a center associate in the Learning Research and Development Center at Pitt.  She came to Pitt in 2009 after serving for over eight years as vice president of EDUCAUSE.  She previously held CIO and senior IT leadership roles at Duquesne University, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2023 Cynthia was recognized by EDUCAUSE with the Leadership Award, the association's highest recognition for individual achievement. 

Along with UMBC CIO Jack Suess, she currently co-hosts the EDUCUASE podcast "The Integrative CIO."  In recent years she has been active in professional leadership development and directed the Senior Directors Seminar and the Senior Leadership Roundtable at EDUCAUSE, was a faculty member in the EDUCAUSE New IT Mangers program, and was a faculty member in the OLC Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL.)

She is a frequent presenter at conferences, author of numerous articles and monographs, and author and editor of the book Cultivating Careers: Professional Development for Campus IT. She served on the Board of Directors of the New Media Consortium, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the Seminars on Academic Computing, the Northeast Regional Computing Consortium, and CAUSE, and served as a member of many professional and association committees throughout her career.  She is a proud alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Master of Science in Information Science.   (updated 7/2023)

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Celeste Schwartz on the Evolution of Higher Ed IT
    • Multimedia
    • Author

    Hosts Cynthia and Jack talk with Celeste Schwartz, vice president for information technology and chief digital officer for Montgomery County Community College. She talks about her long career and the changes she has observed in higher education technology strategies over the years.

  • Michael Berman on Meeting Today's Higher Ed Challenges
    • Multimedia
    • Author

    Hosts Cynthia and Jack talk with Michael Berman, executive strategic consultant with Vantage Technology Consulting Group and former chief information officer for the California State University System. (Recorded live at the EDUCAUSE 2023 Annual Conference.)

EDUCAUSE Presentations