John O'Brien


John O’Brien serves as the president and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through technology innovation. EDUCAUSE serves over 2,000 member colleges, universities, and organizations from 41 countries who themselves collectively serve over 14 million students. He speaks and writes on a variety of topics related to higher education, technology, and the crucial intersection where the two meet. Throughout his career in higher education, John has served as an academic, technology, and institutional leader. He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a college provost and president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the fourth largest higher education system in the United States with over 375,000 students. Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as the system’s senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs. John holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana University, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota. 

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Advancing Digital Accessibility
    • Multimedia

    Kyle Shachmut, assistant director for Digital Accessibility Services at Harvard University, shares advice on digital accessibility strategies, and talks about his own journey promoting equitable access.

  • Report on Racial Justice Statements and Campus Equity Efforts [podcast]
    • Multimedia

    Jill Dunlap and Alexa Wesley, research directors from NASPA, about their findings from <a href="" target="_blank">a content analysis of racial justice statements</a> made in the spring and summer of 2020.

EDUCAUSE Presentations