Sree Sreenivsan has been named Columbia University’s first chief digital officer. According to a memo obtained by All Things D, the goal of the appointment is “to ensure that we deploy new tools and technologies in interactive and distance learning to ensure the richest and most dynamic learning environment possible for Columbia’s students.”

Sreenivsan was most recently dean of student affairs at Columbia’s School of Journalism, a position he had held since 2008. He has been with Columbia since 1993.

“I am confident that Sree’s experience in academic administration and his widely respected expertise in new media technology make him uniquely well-suited for this challenge,” wrote John Coatsworth, the provost of Columbia, in the memo.