John O'Brien


John O’Brien is the Assistant Director of Academic Technology in the Office of Information Technology at Montclair State University. In this capacity, he is responsible for planning and implementation for the University’s intelligent classroom design, operations, management and training. Recently Mr. O’Brien provided key leadership in the planning and installation of $4.5 million of educational technology equipment as well as an enterprise management system for a new $80 million academic building. It is safe to say that Montclair State University’s selection by the New Jersey Technology Council as the recipient of the Excellence in Technology Education Award would not have been possible without the litany of innovation technology projects and creative collaboration with New Jersey’s K20 community. Mr. O’Brien has served on Infocomm International’s Technology Managers Council for the past 2 years and is a member of the Technology Managers Council’s Membership Subcommittee. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the K20 Initiative ( is New Jersey’s Higher Education Data/Video network). The K20 Initiative fosters collaboration with New Jersey’s K-12 school districts and colleges and universities in and outside of New Jersey. He is the past Co-Chair of Video Resource Group (VRG). He has presented at numerous events. He recently presented at the Internet2 Spring Members K20 Advisory Committee in Virginia. He currently serves on the Internet2 K20 Advisory Committee. Mr. O’Brien is an active member with the New Media Consortium (NMC). He is a member of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC). He is a strong supporter of the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) and the work and research of Diana Oblinger and Paul Hagner. Mr. O’Brien has a BA in Political Science, a MA in Broadcasting; and has done post graduate work at New York University.