As the Senior Academic Technology Officer for Marist College, Mr. Baron directs the office of Academic Technology and eLearning which is responsible for overseeing a wide range of instructional technology initiatives, including distance learning, faculty professional development, and learner support.  He also plays a leadership role in strategic planning for the College in areas of academic and information technology.  Over the past two years he has served as the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) which was funded through an EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges grant. 

Mr. Baron was first elected to the Sakai Foundation Board of Directors in 2008 and re-elected for a second three year term in 2011.  He served as Foundation Board Chair for three years between 2009 and 2012 and is currently a member of the Apereo Foundation Board of Directors, having served as Chair from 2013-14, which formed from the merger of the Sakai and Jasig open-source non-profit organizations. Before coming to Marist, Mr. Baron was the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology.  In this capacity, he helped lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Education technology initiative working both at the K-12 and college level.  During this time he was also a member of the Stevens WebCampus initiative and developed one of the first Stevens online graduate courses.   

Mr. Baron graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology Leadership (ETL) from the George Washington University through their pioneering online ETL program.  Most recently he completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.