Rio Salado College appoints new vice president

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante announced on Aug. 19 the appointment of David O’Shea to serve as the college’s vice president of strategic initiatives and information services. Mr. O’Shea, who has served Rio Salado for the last two and half years, will help the college expand its reach and impact through innovative technologies and strategies, according to a press release.

“I am very proud to be able to serve the students, faculty and staff of Rio Salado College and MCCCD,” said Mr. O’Shea in the release. “I think that post-secondary education is the key to success for our community, and I am looking forward to helping Rio Salado deliver that education and to making our college and our community a better place.”

Mr. O’Shea has been serving as Rio Salado’s acting chief information officer for nearly a year. Preceding that, he served as Rio Salado’s chief technology officer.
Mr. O’Shea has worked in the information technology field for nearly 20 years, most recently in the higher education sector. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in business administration with an emphasis in economics, and an associate degree in information technology from Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Rio Salado College is one of 10 Maricopa Community Colleges and one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving nearly 59,000 students annually with more than 30,000 online. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado offers 600-plus online classes, 100-plus degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students and serves as one of the largest providers of adult basic education in Arizona. For more information visit

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