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Pace Names Van Den Blink VP For Information Technology

Clare van den Blink was named vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Pace University.
Clare van den Blink was named vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Pace University. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Clare van den Blink will join Pace University as vice president for information technology and chief information officer effective Monday, Aug. 18.

As Pace’s CIO, van den Blink will be in charge of the university’s information technology services department and lead the development and implementation of a strategic technology agenda that supports Pace’s mission, strategic goals and academic programs. The CIO reports to the provost in a newly realigned structure that recognizes the importance of technology in teaching and learning, and optimizing student learning outcomes. In addition, she will also oversee all of the university’s telecommunications, networking services and information security. "Clare van den Blink's deep immersion in educational technology will be of great value as Pace defines its own path in a time of rapid change," Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman said. “We are counting on Clare’s informed vision and strong implementation skills to provide faculty with the technological infrastructure they need to carry out innovations in teaching and research in keeping with current changes in the higher education landscape,” said Provost Uday Sukhatme. Van den Blink brings many years of top-tier experience in information technology, in academic, nonprofit organizations and industry, including several positions at Cornell University. She most recently served as director of academic technologies at Cornell, where she helped develop a new IT strategic plan and was responsible for the design and launch of the university’s recent mobile strategy.

“Pace has well-developed information technology services that can be leveraged to encourage innovation in teaching and learning, and support distinctive research programs,” van den Blink said. “I look forward to joining the Pace University community and working to build new IT services for the future.”