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CIO Named For Campus

Published: April 18, 2016

Min Yao, the assistant vice chancellor for administrative computing and telecommunications at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has been chosen as the new vice president/ chief information officer (CIO) at CSULB.

“I am excited to join President Conoley and the innovative CSULB faculty, staff and students to help advance the university to the next level of excellence by leveraging the use of technology,” said Yao, who will begin his new appointment on May 2. “CSULB is truly a great campus with a clear vision for student success and excellence in teaching, research and public service. I am honored to have been selected to serve at this great university and to be part of the future of this amazing campus.”

Yao has 17 years of information technology executive experience and as UCSD’s chief information officer provided leadership for all aspects of campus enterprise technology services. Those services included high-speed research and administrative network services; student information systems; financial information systems; payroll and HR information systems; research administration information systems; data warehouse and data analytic services; advancement information systems; information security and privacy; enterprise web services; email, phone and voicemail services; facility management information systems; student housing and dining information systems; and enterprise helpdesk service.

Before joining UCSD, Yao served as vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Florida International University, which enrolls more than 50,000 students, employs 12,000 faculty and staff, and is the fourth largest public research university in the country in terms of student enrollment. Prior to that, he was CIO and associate vice president of information technology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition, he served as vice president for information technology at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.

Min Yao
Min Yao

“Depth of technical and administrative experience, strategic vision and a strong record of working effectively with diverse teams of faculty, staff and students make Dr. Yao an excellent choice for this newly created position,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “I am confident he will advance our teaching, research and community engagement by streamlining, innovating and leveraging our campus information technology.”

Yao has a B.A. in English from Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Dalian, China; M.A. in applied linguistics, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China; Ed.D. in educational administration, U.S. International University at San Diego; and Ph.D. in educational psychology with emphasis on statistics, testing and measurements from the University of British Columbia.

–Shayne Schroeder