College CIO Named to Cisco Systems Board

April 25, 2011

Drew Hopkins, Chief Information Officer

Drew Hopkins, Chief Information Officer

Drew Hopkins, chief information officer at Thomas Edison State College, has been appointed to the Public Sector Technical Exchange Board for Cisco Systems, Inc. based in San Jose, Calif.

Members of the board are selected based on their understanding of the ways that technology impacts education or government entities and the unique perspective they bring to the group. Hopkins was selected by Cisco Systems, Inc. for his expertise in the use of information systems to promulgate distance learning for adult learners and is expected to help the company better understand the adult higher education market and its demographics.

“It comes as no surprise that Drew’s work in IT solutions and management information systems for higher education attracted the attention of Cisco Systems, Inc.,” said Michael J. Scheiring, vice president and treasurer of Thomas Edison State College. “We are proud to have him serve on their board and know he will contribute much. Drew’s leadership in distance learning and technology is well recognized.”

A resident of Pennington, N.J., Hopkins has worked for the College since 1977. He also serves on Hyland Software’s Singularity Advisory Council, the Touchnet Customer Advisory Board and the Datatel Thought Leaders Community Board.

In 2010, Cisco Systems, Inc. was ranked number 58 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 58th largest company in the United States based on revenue. The company manufactures, sells and supports Internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry.

Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at or by visiting the College website at