By Leslie Granese
Special to In the Loop
David Gray, the interim head of UMassOnline since last fall, was appointed May 19 as the permanent chief executive officer of the unit by President Jack M. Wilson. Gray will continue to serve as vice president for Information Services and chief information officer for the UMass system.
Gray assumed responsibility for UMassOnline after Wilson, who was the founding CEO of the online education division, was named interim president.
“During the past eight months, David Gray has provided UMassOnline with his own exceptionally steady, wise and collaborative brand of leadership in an interim capacity,” said Wilson. “I am very pleased that he has agreed to continue his leadership as permanent CEO of UMassOnline. We are fortunate to have a person of his stature and energy to lead this strategic division.”
“UMassOnline is on a growth trajectory thanks to the efforts of a talented and creative UMassOnline team and our campus partners,’’ Gray said. “UMassOnline is positioned for success on an international scale, and I look forward to participating in its continued development.”
In his three-and-a-half-year tenure as vice president for Information Services and CIO, Gray has coordinated information technology planning, integration, and training across all University functions; helped expand teaching, research and student life services across the five campuses; and has been active in designing and supporting UMassOnline technology services.
“David has been a critical partner to UMassOnline since its inception in 2001,” said Wilson. “A seasoned and entrepreneurial leader in public higher education for more than 20 years, David understands how a broad portfolio of technologies and the collaborative efforts an excellent faculty can enhance teaching and learning in the University setting.”
Prior to joining the University, Gray served as the vice chancellor for information technology for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for five years.