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 SDCOE CTO Appointed to Statewide Nonprofit Tech Access Board

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has appointed the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) chief technology officer to the board of directors of a statewide nonprofit that supports students and communities across the state with online access.

Terry Loftus, CTO and assistant superintendent at SDCOE, will serve on the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) board of directors through June 30, 2022.

"It is an honor to have been appointed by State Superintendent Thurmond, who himself is a champion for equity issues in education, including the work currently being done to address the digital divide in California," Loftus said about the appointment. "I'm looking forward to serving on the CENIC board and to advocating for the students and community of San Diego County, as well as K-12 districts, charters, and county offices of education across the state."

Loftus currently serves as assistant superintendent and chief technology officer for SDCOE, where he leads the Integrated Technology Services division and has been a strong advocate on student connectivity, data privacy, and cybersecurity issues in education.  Loftus attended CSU San Marcos, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration and management information systems. He earned a master's degree in information security from Lewis University, which is a Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency nationally recognized Center of Academic Excellence.

Established in 1997, CENIC operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity computer network with more than 8,000 miles of optical fiber. The network serves over 20 million users across California, including the vast majority of K-12 and college students together with educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions.

CENIC's resources provide cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking and facilitate excellence in scientific, education, government, and private sector collaboration and innovation. 

CENIC-connected charter participants include:

  • All 10 campuses of the University of California system, all UC medical centers, and the UC Office of the President
  • All 23 campuses of the California State University system, offsite centers, and the CSU Chancellor's Office
  • All 114 campuses of the California Community College system and off-site centers
  • All county offices of education in California's K-12 system and, via those offices, more than 8,000 K-12 schools
  • Other universities including
    • The California Institute of Technology
    • Stanford University
    • The University of Southern California
    • The Naval Postgraduate School
  • California State Libraries
    • San Joaquin Valley Library System
  • California Arts and Cultural Institutions
    • Exploratorium
    • SF Jazz
    • California Academy of Sciences

Other non-charter participants include:

  • The Nevada System of Higher Education
  • The NASA Ames Research Center
  • The University of San Francisco
  • The University of San Diego
  • Pepperdine University
  • National University