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Stevens Institute of Technology Appoints Arshad Saiyed as Chief Online Learning Officer and Dean of Professional Education

Saiyed will spearhead the establishment of Stevens' College of Online and Professional Education

Hoboken, N.J. – April 1, 2024 – Stevens Institute of Technology announced the appointment of Arshad Saiyed as the inaugural Chief Online Learning Officer and Dean of Professional Education, effective April 15, 2024. In this new role, Saiyed will spearhead the establishment of the College of Online and Professional Education, an independent academic unit dedicated to delivering high-quality, technology-infused online programs. The creation of this college reflects Stevens’ commitment to expanding access to education while maintaining academic rigor and relevance.
Arshad Saiyed Arshad Saiyed is Stevens' inaugural Chief Online Learning Officer and Dean of Professional Education

Saiyed brings to Stevens more than 20 years of expertise in digital transformation within higher education. Throughout his tenure as an advocate for tech adoption in academia, he has championed integrating technology into education to enhance quality, affordability and global reach.

“Saiyed's experience in driving the digital evolution of education makes him the ideal leader for this pivotal role,” remarked Jianmin Qu, Stevens' Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “His leadership will help propel Stevens to new heights in this space while meeting the evolving needs of students and employers.”

Saiyed joins Stevens from Northeastern University in Boston, where he directed the Experiential Digital Global Education (EDGE) unit as Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Innovation since 2020. Saiyed built Northeastern’s digital services into a revenue center and launched significant corporate partnerships.

Before joining Northeastern, Saiyed was Assistant Dean for Online Programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He spent 18 years at Illinois’ Gies College of Business in various capacities related to online programs and digital strategy, including the creation of the innovative iMBA program, one of the world's largest online Master of Business Administration programs. In just four years, under Saiyed’s guidance, the iMBA program grew to 3,200 students from an initial enrollment of 114.

“I am honored to join Stevens Institute of Technology and to lead the charge in shaping the trajectory of online and professional education,” said Saiyed. “This role represents a profound opportunity to continue the institution's rich tradition of excellence and redefine what is possible in online and professional education.”

Saiyed holds an engineering degree from Gujarat University, India, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university in Hoboken, New Jersey, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation and entrepreneurship have been the hallmark of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s schools, Stevens prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students for an increasingly complex and technology-centric world. Our exceptional students collaborate closely with world-class faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment, readying them to fuel the innovation economy. Academic and research programs spanning finance, computing, engineering and the arts expand the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront the most challenging problems of our time. Stevens is consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in ROI and career services and is in the top 1% nationally of colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

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