• Veteran District Technology Leader Assumes Role as Chief Operating Officer for Leading College Readiness Nonprofit

    Posted by AVID Center on 1/8/2019

    thuan Well known for his leadership in the education and technology space, Thuan Nguyen connects AVID to partners and programs to support closing the achievement gap.

    San Diego, CA (January 8, 2018): AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) announced today the appointment of Thuan Nguyen as chief operating officer for AVID. Mr. Nguyen joined the team at AVID Center as executive vice president in January 2016. He oversees the implementation of AVID’s strategies and initiatives and technical operations, products, and services, and is responsible for AVID’s digital strategies. With more than 20 years of experience in education, he has had executive roles in IT, instructional technology, safety and security, environmental services, communications and public relations, and building operations and has served in interim executive roles in human resources, payroll, accounting, and finance.

    “Thuan’s talent and impact at AVID are significant in leading us towards a future where technology is fully integrated into the AVID approach,” commented Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID. “From setting up an infrastructure from which we can continue to scale our work to ensuring teachers have the tools and training to thoughtfully integrate technology into the classroom, his contributions are critical to our ability to impact more students.”

    The many awards Mr. Nguyen has received include being named a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in 2008, selected as one of the National School Boards Association’s ‘20 to Watch’ for 2008, and named as one of the 100 most important people in education technology as part of Tech & Learning’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2010.

    In 2013 Mr. Nguyen’s work received recognition from The Center for Digital Education, The National School Public Relations Association, The One-to-One Institute, and Project RED for web technologies, branding and communication to the community, student technology, and a one-to-one project. His team also received the national CoSN Team Award and was recognized by the National School Boards Association in 2014. In 2015 he was honored by the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) as the Outstanding Technology Leader of the Year.

    Mr. Nguyen has also served on advisory boards for Absolute Software, Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, HP Systems, Microsoft, and SchoolCIO. His leadership has been profiled in Tech & Learning by HP and Intel, Education Week, The Atlantic, GeekWire, and other publications. He has also presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences on technology best practices.

    As a former refugee and English Language Learner student, Mr. Nguyen brings a unique perspective to his work and is personally driven to ensure that today’s students have opportunities for success through engagement with technology. This personal mission and perspective fit perfectly with AVID’s culture and commitment to closing the achievement gap.


    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 6,400 schools in 47 states across the U.S., plus schools in DoDEA, Canada and Australia. AVID impacts almost 2 million students in grades K–12 and in 50 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education. For more information, please visit www.AVID.org and view videos on AVID’s Digital Teaching and Learning and STEM Expo.



    Debra Feinberg
    Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Development
    AVID Center – San Diego, CA
    (858) 380-4775
    [email protected]

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