Arizona Department of Education Chief Information Officer Mark Masterson this week was featured as the keynote speaker for the Mississippi Department of Education’s MDE Data Conference in Jackson, Miss.
The theme of the conference, “Building a World Class Data System,” made Masterson an excellent choice since he is renowned in education technology for his expertise on the subject.
The MDE Data Conference is Mississippi’s largest education conference, consisting of over 800 participants from public, private and charter schools, including superintendents, business managers, technology coordinators and career and technical education directors.
“I was incredibly privileged to represent the state of Arizona at this esteemed conference,” Masterson said. “No matter where it is needed, it is always an honor to assist in the development and improvement of technology in education.”
The ADE CIO is currently spearheading Arizona’s innovative transition to AzEDS, the state’s new student data system.
Before arriving at ADE, Masterson performed technology transformations at private institutions such as American Airlines and DHL.
He also successfully directed large, globally-dispersed and culturally diverse teams in enterprise resource planning, e-commerce, business intelligence and supply chain at SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Dynamics and Siebel CRM.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, who has been a strong proponent of technology development in Arizona education, has extended her support for ADE IT since taking office last year.
“We are thrilled that Mark and our IT division are being recognized for their achievements,” Douglas said. “I hope that Mississippi can benefit from his insights as much as we have here in Arizona.”
During his tenure in Arizona, Masterson’s ADE technology team was named one of CIO magazine’s “Top 100 most innovative IT organizations” of 2015. This honor came on the heels of Masterson being individually recognized by ComputerWorld as a “2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders” honoree.
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