Mara Hancock


Mara Hancock is the CIO, Senior VP-Operations at the California College of the Arts (CCA). In this capacity she leads the College in defining, developing and executing its strategic vision for technology and is responsible for the IT enterprise, including academic, administrative, and network computing. She is also responsible for Campus Planning and Operations which includes Studio and Shop management, Public Safety, Facilities, and Auxiliary Services.

She is very happy to be in an environment that is focused on helping students evolve as creative thinkers, innovators, designers, and makers! Mara has been working, studying, and playing in Educational Technology since the early-1990's and takes a design and user-centered approach to creating and integrating technology that can be used to improve the educational experience.

Prior to taking up her position at CCA, Mara was the Associate CIO for Academic Engagement at the University of California, Berkeley. All Educational Technology units were under her oversight: Classroom Technology, Video, Video Conferencing, and Learning Systems. She has been involved with the start-up of three online learning programs: two at the University of California and one in the eLearning industry. She has been a key member of leadership teams for several open source projects: Sakai, Opencast Matterhorn, and the Fluid Project. More about Mara:

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Cloud Migrations: An Opportunity for Institutional Collaboration
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    Bringing all campus stakeholders together in the planning for a cloud migration can lead to opportunities for high-level improvement in processes and workflow. Two institutions describe engaging their campuses about the fundamental shifts caused by moving to the cloud.

  • Designing the Next Era of Partnership for Quality Higher Education
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    Higher education is a complex business. Yet we often speak as if it has a single business model. This has been especially true over the past several years, when it seems that we have been continually looking over our shoulder at the Disruptor Dragon, waving its spiky tail and breathing its fire of disruption and, hopefully, transformation.

EDUCAUSE Presentations