UC Berkeley names new CIO

Jenn Stringer, who has served as associate CIO and director of educational technology services since 2013, started as UC Berkeley's CIO on Monday.
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The University of California, Berkeley on Monday welcomed Jenn Stringer as its new chief information officer.

Stringer, who previously worked at Stanford University and New York University in various technology leadership roles, has served as UC Berkeley’s associate CIO and director of educational technology services since 2013, and will now lead technology initiatives on campus as CIO and associate vice chancellor for IT.

“Her leadership and collaborative style, as well as her passion for the work, earned her the respect of both faculty and executive leadership on campus,” Provost Paul Alivisatos and vice chancellor of administration Marc Fisher said in a letter to faculty and staff.

Jenn Stringer (LinkedIn)


During her time at Berkeley, Stringer transitioned the school to the a new learning management system and helped create Berkeley’s academic innovation studio, which allows faculty, researchers, graduate students and academic support staff to share ideas and collaborate on advances in teaching, learning and research.

Stringer helped lead the university’s emergency response to the PG&E power shutdowns last fall and the transition to remote operations and instruction in response to COVID-19. She also helped focus the campus conversation around instructional resilience, according to the university.

Stringer replaced Larry Conrad, who retires June 30.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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