Patrick Masson

General Manager at Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Nonprofit Organization Management
Albany, New York

Current Employment: Open Source Initiative (OSI), UMassOnline
Previous: University of Massachusetts, UMassOnline; SUNY Delhi, State University of New York

Education: University of California at Davis; Empire State College; Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgements are your own, and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause or the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods – Lord Acton


I have over 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions supporting Information Technology within the higher education and non-profit sectors, including as: Chief Technology Officer at the University of Massachusetts, Office of the President; Chief Information Officer at The State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi, and currently; General Manager of the Open Source Initiative.

My professional experience has focused on the development, implementation and management of enterprise technologies supporting highly distributed organizations, by facilitating agile, collaborative communities of practice, where innovation emerges through incremental and iterative practices.

I have written and presented extensively on Information Technology, Agile Project Management and Open Source Software. I am a current member of the Apereo Foundation Advisory Board; Chair, EDUCAUSE Openness Constituent Group; former Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the SUNY CIO Council; co-founder of Jasig’s 2-3-98 project; and, “SIG Master” for NERCOMP’s Open Source in Higher Education.

Areas of Interest

Agile Project Management, Educational Technology, Iterative & Incremental Design, Online Education, Open Source Software, Open Communities of Practice.


Formed in 1998, The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope raising awareness and advocating for the benefits of open source, while building community among constituencies within the open source movement. The OSI is the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD), and as such, the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant. The “Open Source Initiative Approved License” trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.

As General Manager, reporting to the OSI Board of Directors, Patrick’s responsibilities span all organizational and operational activities including: budgeting and planning; member recruitment and community development; fund-raising; coordination and management of public communications and events; technology contracting and infrastructure, as well as; the administration and management of OSI sponsored initiatives, such as the Working Group process, partnerships and Board committees.

UMOLSpecial Advisor, UMassOnline
June 2013 – Present
Shrewsbury, MA

As Special Advisor to UMassOnline, Patrick provides strategic, operational and organizational consultation to the University of Massachusetts’ Office of the President and UMassOnline regarding issues and projects related to the development and delivery of education online and the technology which supports it.

UMassChief Technology Officer
University of Massachusetts, UMassOnline
April 2010 – November 2013 (3 years 8 months)
Shrewsbury, MA

UMassOnline, the University of Massachusetts’ distance education division, offers one of the largest accredited e-learning programs in the country. Founded in 2001, UMassOnline realized over $85 million in revenues in 2013, 45,000+ enrolments, while serving 90,000 students. The consortium operates in conjunction with the five UMass campuses, business units throughout the University, as well as other Massachusetts-based colleges and universities.

As CTO, Patrick was responsible for the discovery, development, deployment and management of UMassOnline’s technology infrastructure enabling educational access online across the system and state.

DelhiChief Information Officer
SUNY Delhi
October 2006 – April 2010 (3 years 7 months)
Delhi, New York

Provided oversight, leadership and vision for SUNY Delhi’s IT department, Campus Information Services including: enterprise/desktop applications, data centers and technical labs, server/systems administration, networking & telecommunications, online/distance learning, traditional press and digital printing, as well as user support, such as help desk services. SUNY Delhi is is one the sixty-four campuses of the State University of New York, and one of eight technical colleges. The residential campus of over 3,000 FTE offers diverse technology-focused 4-year and 2-year degrees as well as 1-year certificate programs.

SUNYDirector of Technology
State University of New York
November 2004 – November 2006 (2 years 1 month)

Responsible for leading technology design, development, deployment and maintenance for The State University of New York Learning Environments’ (LE) enterprise level projects including SUNY’s system-wide e-learning platform, The SUNY Learning Network (SLN). SLN is a twinned CMS/LMS providing authoring, administration and delivery for totally-at-a-distance and blended courses serving 100,000+ enrollments, 4000+ courses and 3,500+ faculty annually.

UCLADirector, Media Lab
University of California, Los Angeles
November 2001 – November 2004 (3 years)

Responsible for a variety of services, strategies, policies, and procedures, in response to emerging technologies/techniques and faculty/staff educational interests. Oversee all Information/Instructional Technology projects and services, including: distance learning, computer graphics and design, multimedia presentations, internet/intranet development and advanced computing to meet educational objectives, deadlines and budgeting.

UCLAProgrammer Analyst
University of California, Los Angeles
November 1996 – November 2001 (5  years )

Research and development of visualization and modeling software to analyze medical images and contribute to research activities as well as diagnosis, treatment planning and patient care. Use a variety of applications, environments and languages to develop and maintain new computer-aided diagnosis techniques and image analysis algorithms for CT imaging. Program medical image segmentation, feature extraction, and pattern classification algorithms for delivery on a variety of platforms. Perform and document validation testing of computer systems according to an SDLC. Provide troubleshooting and support for users.

UCLASenior Medical Illustrator
UCLA School of Dentistry
November 1993 – November 1996 (3 years)

Designed and developed high-impact graphic art and scientific visualizations within a multi-discipline medical/scientific environment using traditional and computer based techniques in the creation of medical & scientific illustrations for textbooks, scientific posters, journals, lectures, computer-driven presentations. Created computer generated images using visualization techniques and technologies for CD-ROM the Internet and WWW. Developed educational and UCLA School of Dentistry specific Internet & WWW applications.

Selected Interviews:

Various Articles:

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Previous Life as a Medical Illustrator:

§ 3 Responses to Patrick Masson

  • Maybe you could actually state your name somewhere on your blog, rather than making me look it up in a Campus Technology magazine article?

  • pmasson says:

    Well it is “CI-whO.”

  • Carl D says:

    Hey Pat ! It’s Carl (from hockey) was doing some research for the company I work for – Marketing Wiz – and saw your blog ! Didn’t think it was you, but low and behold I clicked, saw UCLA and hockey, put 2 and 2 together, and here I am. Pretty interesting stuff ! I actually am learning and blogging about a lot of the stuff you talk about here on our Marketing Wiz blog. Maybe you’d let me steal an article or pick your brain sometime. See ya next game !

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