CENIC Board of Directors Elects New Officers
The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) is pleased to announce the election of five board members to its executive committee. CENIC connects California to the world, advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. A nonprofit organization, CENIC operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California. CENIC is governed by its members.
The Board of Directors is comprised of CENIC’s Charter Associates, the founding and governing members of CENIC. Charter Associates include the California K–12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University (CSU) system, California’s public libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Southern California (USC). The Directors meet six times per year to guide the organization, set policy, and make decisions about its future direction. Newly appointed officers include Tom Andriola and Patrick Perry, serving as Co-Chairs; Terry Walker, Vice Chair; Deborah Ludford; Treasurer; and Joe LoPiccolo, Secretary.
Tom Andriola was appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of California System in 2013. He provides leadership across the university’s 10 campuses, five health systems, and three national laboratories, working closely with campus and healthcare leaders to explore opportunities for technology and innovation to enhance the UC missions of teaching, research, patient care, and public service. With more than 25 years of experience as a global business and technology executive, he has led a multi-billion dollar enterprise, served as a global CIO with staff around the world, and currently serves as Managing Chair for the California Telehealth Network, a nonprofit serving the state’s safety-net clinics and medically underserved populations. (Serving as Co-Chair)
Patrick Perry is Chief Information Officer in CSU’s Chancellor's Office. He oversees the Information Technology Services Division, shaping the vision, policy direction, and strategies that power the technology infrastructure supporting the university’s 23 campuses, 470,000 students, and 47,000 employees. Prior to assuming his position in 2016, Patrick spent 13 years as the Vice Chancellor of Technology, Research, and Information Systems for the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges. During that time, he also worked as an executive on loan to the Foundation for California Community Colleges, serving as the Chief Operating Officer. (Serving as Co-Chair)
Terry Walker is the Superintendent of the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). Appointed in 2011, he is a veteran educator who earned distinction as IUSD’s Assistant Superintendent in charge of Human Resources. He began his teaching career in 1997 at Santiago Hills Elementary School, teaching in the Alternative Program for Academically Accelerated Students and ultimately earning the honor of Teacher of the Year. Walker was tapped to become director of Human Resources in 2003, and four years later was promoted to assistant superintendent. Before joining IUSD, Walker honed his business skills as a commercial real estate broker for two firms, negotiating scores of lease, sale, and investment transactions over a six-year span. (Serving as Vice Chair)
Deborah Ludford is District Director of Information Services at the North Orange County Community College District. After starting her career in the private sector as a programmer/analyst and then software development manager, Deborah transitioned into education to become a professor of computer science and information systems. With a passion for using technology to improve student learning and success, she has served as President of the Academic Senate representing faculty, Dean of Business and Computer Information Systems at two institutions, and Chief Information Systems Officer for two colleges. (Serving as Treasurer)
Joe LoPiccolo is CIO and Director of the Information Technology and Communication Services division at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He has been instrumental in enabling NPS’s use of technology to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service. Prior to being appointed CIO, Joe served in other leadership roles at NPS, including Senior Network Administrator, Director of Information Technology Services, and Director of Enterprise-Wide Services. (Serving as Secretary)