December 18, 2014

Higher Education: New Unizin Consortium Names Amin Qazi as CEO

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From Internet2:

The Unizin consortium announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Amin Qazi to serve as the company’s founding chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Qazi brings over a decade of relevant experience to his new role having previously filled executive roles at both universities and as a management consultant.

“Unizin has a bold vision for university-owned, cloud-scale services for Digital Education,” said Brad Wheeler co-chair of the Unizin Consortium and CIO at Indiana University. “Amin’s strong business experience across many industries and at the University of Minnesota will serve him well in leading the growth of Unizin to serve colleges and universities.”

“The Academy is at a critical moment in the growth of Digital Education. In Amin we chose a leader who could span the technical, organizational, and economic needs that the Unizin service will provide for its members,” added James Hilton, co-chair and Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at the University of Michigan.

“The importance of a colleges and universities maintaining control and exerting influence over the digital learning ecosystem is paramount and will only continue to grow,” said Mr. Qazi. “I am excited for the opportunity to support Unizin’s vision of helping the Academy shape its destiny.”

See Also: Background Article: “Unizin Unveiled” (via INSIDE HigherEd; June 11, 2014)

See Also: Background Article: “Enter Unizin” by James Hilton, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at the University of Michigan

See Also: Unizin FAQ

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