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Mark Askren

Mark Askren is an IT executive and leadership coach with 35 years of higher education experience. He most recently served as Vice President and CIO for the University of Nebraska. During this period he was elected to the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, served as chair of the Internet2 Community Engagement Program Advisory Group, and was a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance for IT. Prior to that he served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Computing Services at the University of California, Irvine, where he was also a member of the University of California’s Information Technology Leadership Council. Mark also held the positions of Assistant Vice President for Application Development and Data Management at the University of Illinois, and Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

State and federal funding for higher education has many administrators in a spending mood, but sometimes the most important conversations to have are the hard ones. Now is the time to plan for worst-case scenarios.
As IT careers become increasingly competitive and essential, colleges and universities must work to retain IT staff with flexibility, healthy environments and meaningful work, or risk losing them to the private sector.
With lockdown orders mostly in the rearview mirror and recovery funds pouring in from federal legislation, now is the time for college and university IT leaders to make their cases for spending on tech initiatives.