At its meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District approved the appointment of Jason Cole, Ph.D, to serve the new Vice Chancellor for District-wide technology services.
Dr. Cole begins in his new position February 1, 2017.
“I am very pleased that we have worked hard to find an individual like Dr. Cole to bring to our Colleges and pleased that he is the final choice for Vice Chancellor of Information Technology,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
“Dr. Cole has the skills needed to transform our IT Department. His background in technology, education and leadership will allow him to take District IT to the highest level possible,” the Chancellor said.
Jason Cole is a long-time educational technology leader with experience in K-12, higher education and corporate environments. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the implementation of large-scale technology projects and instructional systems design.
Dr. Cole is the former CEO and current Board Chair of Remote-Learner, Inc., a Moodle service and integration provider. As CEO, he led the transformation of Remote-Learner’s services and operations, providing technical services to over 1,000 clients – from small non-profit organizations to community college districts and Fortune 500 companies.
Before joining the private sector, Dr. Cole was a Product Development Manager at the Open University in the UK, where he and his team won the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration. As the Academic Technology Manager at San Francisco State University, he was responsible for the strategic implementation of campus-wide learning technology initiatives and faculty support.
A recognized leader in educational technology, Dr. Cole is the author and co-author of several books and articles on education and technology, including Using Moodle from O’Reilly Press. He has been an invited keynote speaker at several education conferences and MoodleMoots.
He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado and his B.A. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado Boulder.