I am honored to serve as Fresno State’s inaugural Chief Information Officer. My job is to wake up everyday and consider how technology can make Fresno State a better place for our students, faculty, staff, and community. With technology becoming more and more integrated and integral in our everyday lives, we need to consider everything around us through the lens of potential change and innovation and then identify what makes most sense for an academic, higher education environment.
Innovation is essential for all segments of industry, especially higher education, and it comes in all shapes and sizes. Process innovation helps us do things in smarter ways. Technology innovation helps us see glimpses (see 4 trends article) of how things might be in the future.
Will you join me in this adventure? Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss how we can partner together to support the success of our students and the future of our Central Valley.
Orlando Leon serves as Chief Information Officer overseeing all things relating to
technology at Fresno State. As a member of President Castro’s Cabinet, he oversees
the Technology Services Division, comprised of the following areas:
- Enterprise Applications and Information Systems
- Systems Administration
- Network and Telecom
- Classroom and Video Services
- Field Operations
- IT Liaisons
- Desktop Services
- Service Desk
- Project Management Office
- Innovation Team
- Information Security Office
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, he attended public schools until he went off to college, receiving the opportunity to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, he received Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Management Science followed by a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. His research and thesis focused on the areas of technology innovation and pervasive computing.
After graduating from college, Orlando spent 4 years working as a software programmer and product manager at Oracle. His next 12 years were spent working in various technology leadership roles within higher education, first at University of California in San Francisco, Stanford University, and now Fresno State. Orlando joined forces with Fresno State in 2015, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the information technology field.
Currently, Orlando is involved in a number of local, state and national leadership groups and professional organizations, including the following:
- Educause Young Professional Advisory Committee
- Educause Governance Risk Compliance Committee
- Educause Board Nominations Committee
- CSU Information Technology Advisory Executive Committee
- CSU-wide Technology Conference Planning Committee
- Hackathon Fresno Planning Committee
Orlando considers it a privilege and honor to work directly with students; helping raise the next generation of leaders through technology, digital literacy, mentoring, coaching, and sharing life.
Orlando and his wife, Rebecca have a 7-year-old, life-loving boy. He enjoys photography, volleyball, nature, cars, all things electronics, and deep conversations about life.
Orlando's Most-Used Apps
- Duo Mobile
- Home Automation (Arlo, Ring, Ecobee, EnergyVue, Wemo, Chamberlain, Rachio, Simplisafe, Logi)
- Google Maps