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CalArts' Chief Technology Officer Allan Chen Named to EDUCAUSE Board

Valencia, Calif. EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association for information technology (IT) in higher education, welcomes Allan Chen, Vice President for Institute Technology and Allan Chen Chief Technology Officer at the California Institute of the Arts, along with Sherri Yerk-Zwickl, vice president for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Campbell University, as the newest members of its board. They begin serving their four-year terms in October.

“I’m delighted to welcome Allan and Sherri to the EDUCAUSE board,” EDUCAUSE President and CEO John O'Brien was quoted in the official release. “They are both dedicated members of our community, and I know they’ll bring this same level of commitment, insight, and enthusiasm to their board service."

At CalArts, Chen is responsible for strategic planning and CalArts' technology portfolio, including infrastructure, support, and central and administrative IT services. At EDUCAUSE, he has served on committees including the DEI Task Force, the Recognition Committee, and the 2019 Annual Conference Program Committee. He is also a graduate of the EDUCAUSE Institute Leadership and Learning Technology Leadership Programs, as well as a 2014 Leading Change Institute Fellow. Prior to CalArts, Chen served as Associate Vice President for Academic Technology at California State University Northridge (CSUN).


California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.