Nile has appointed Michel Davidoff to Chief Strategist for Education. For the last three decades, Davidoff has been a dynamic and innovative technology leader in the education sector with his most notable role being Chief Infrastructure Officer at Cal State University. In this newly created role, Davidoff will lead overall strategy at Nile to ensure that the overall approach such as technology, services and pricing are all aimed at delivering a flawless experience. He will report to Nile’s CEO Pankaj Patel.
In his last role as the CIO for the California State University, Davidoff became an expert in delivering scalable, ground-breaking strategies and solutions for large scale infrastructure deployments. As a member of the senior leadership team, Davidoff was an active participant in major IT decisions, leading the infrastructure strategy and deployment for 23 campuses with a fluctuating staff of up to 120 people and a $26M annual operating budget.
Throughout his tenure with CSU, Davidoff ensured the highest quality of service and system availability for over 550,000 students, faculty, and staff. He identified opportunities for enhanced efficiencies and directed high-profile projects and cross-functional project teams. Davidoff built consensus with private sector CEOs, the CIOs of the CSU’s 23 campuses, and directors of multiple disciplines to drive new strategic programs. Additionally, Davidoff was responsible for oversight of project development, budgeting, and road-mapping.
Many of the nation’s universities are operating on a hybrid model of learning which has left schools and students vulnerable to security attacks. Oftentimes schools have outdated or unprotected infrastructure that affects student engagement and overall academic performance. Davidoff’s specialized experience with the vast California State University network will lend to the digital transformations for schools of any size and curriculum.