SNC Interim President Dr. Ed Zschau
Meet the President of Sierra Nevada College
Dr. Ed Zschau became the Interim President of Sierra Nevada College in May of 2019. Ed Zschau brings to Sierra Nevada College seventeen years of leading technology companies. He founded System Industries in Palo Alto, California in 1969, and as its CEO led it to a successful IPO in 1980. In the 1990s, he was the General Manager of the IBM Storage Systems Division headquartered in San Jose, California. Ed has a total of ten years of teaching experience as a professor in the graduate business schools at Stanford University and Harvard University, and he has taught High Tech Entrepreneurship courses for a total of twenty-two years in the engineering schools at Princeton University, Caltech, and University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to serving on the Boards of major public companies such as Reader’s Digest and StarTek, Ed has helped to start and build several technology companies during the past twenty years, some of which were founded and led by his former students.
In the 1980s, Ed represented the Silicon Valley area of California for two terms in the US House of Representatives, serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Also, during the 1980s, he was a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a venture capital firm, and he was the Founding Chairman of The TECH Interactive, (formerly The TECH Museum of Innovation), a non-profit educational institution in San Jose, California.
Ed holds an A.B. degree (cum laude) in Philosophy (bridging with Physics) from Princeton University, as well as M.B.A., M.S. (Statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and a Doctor of Laws degree (Honoris Causa) from the University of San Francisco. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Ed and his wife, Jo, reside in Genoa, Nevada. They have three children and nine grandchildren.