Albion Appoints Zera as New CIO

Friday, March 01, 2013

Richard Zera, director of enterprise technology and chief information officer

Albion College is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Zera as its first director of enterprise technology and chief information officer.

Mike Frandsen, vice president for finance and administration, notes that while the title is a new one for Albion, "the position isn't really new. We're emphasizing the fact that IT is not a back-office function," Frandsen explained. "Rich heads a comprehensive division that impacts the entire enterprise. He's a great hire for Albion."

"I'm excited to be here, because of the manner in which faculty and staff respect each other, and care so very much about students and their success," said Zera. "I'm hoping to build a shared vision with faculty and staff, where technology energizes the academic and administrative missions of the College."

Zera comes to Albion after serving as CIO with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and vice president for information technology at Kutztown University. In 2003, he was recognized by CIO magazine as one of the top 100 Chief Information Technology Officers in the world. At the time he was only the fourth higher education CIO to receive the award in its sixteen-year history. Zera is an alumnus of Kent State University and holds a master's degree in organizational development from Bowling Green State University.