I am delighted to announce that Geof Corb has become the newest member of Oracle’s Higher Education Development team as the Vice President of Higher Education Customer Success.
Geof joins us from Johns Hopkins University where he served as the Deputy CIO and Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology. Widely recognized as a visionary and tenacious change agent, Geof drove cloud-based CRM implementations across the University, including the creation of a Center of Excellence, and was awarded an innovation grant that funded the development of a novel solution to support research collaboration. He also has deep expertise with cloud migration, having played a key role in JHU’s successful adoption of cloud-based applications and services, bringing tremendous efficiency and agility to the institution. After the institution’s student information system (SIS) was deprecated by its vendor, Geof executed an innovative approach to re-architect the system onto a contemporary technology platform and implement a stand-alone financial aid solution.
Geof’s skills, experience, and vision for digital transformation will bring incredible value to clients across Oracle’s entire product suite for higher education. In this newly created role, Geof will be responsible for helping institutions to use modern digital technologies to enable institutional transformation, ensuring that their journey from on-premise to on-demand SIS delivers the most value. This role will have two key components: first, ensuring that our global Campus Solutions across 47 countries continue to enjoy success , and second, building the pathways, tools, and community required to help institutions to take an incremental approach to cloud migration for their SIS. Building a practical path to the cloud from Campus Solutions to Student Cloud is a key component of our overall strategy. In a recent blog post, Mary Beth Cahill of The Tambellini Group remarked,
“This strategy allows institutions to follow a practical path to the cloud versus a total replacement strategy. Institutions can begin to shift key functionality to the cloud by migrating to a hybrid environment while minimizing disruption and risk to the institution.”
The quality of recent hires, such as Geof, is both humbling and validating. There is a bit of a virtuous cycle afoot! To build a groundbreaking student system and disrupt the market, you need the right, visionary people and the right tactical expertise. With the addition of individuals such as Geof, Nicole Engelbert, and Yvonne Baur to our existing, and enviable, team, the future looks bright!
Last month we announced our acquisition of Vocado, a leading provider of financial aid solutions to the market. This was an historic acquisition for Oracle and as Joyce Kim at Ovum indicated in a recent opinion piece,
“The acquisition of Vocado is not just another solution to build out Oracle’s higher ed technology suite, but a sign that Oracle has an understanding of and investment in improving the overall business – and, more importantly, the experience – of higher education.”
We believe that the addition of Vocado’s capabilities for extreme automation, personalization, and transparency to Student Cloud transforms how institutions will manage financial aid and ultimately improve critical student outcomes such as satisfaction, responsible borrowing, and graduation rates.