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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology professor Dr. A.J. Merlino, DMA, has been named to CIO Look’s list of The 10 Most Visionary Leaders in Education for June 2023!

As Associate VP of Student Professional Development & Experiential Learning, and an Associate Professor of Business & Live Entertainment, Dr. Merlino has been an invaluable asset to our community. His relentless commitment to innovation and excellence in education has now been recognized on a global scale.

Read CIO the feature,  Dr. A.J. Merlino: Leading The Way – How a Creative Mind is Shaping the Future of Education, at

Dr. Merlino holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and has been instrumental in fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship at Harrisburg University. As Associate VP, he plays a critical role in creating dynamic learning experiences for students, helping them build the skills they need to excel in their chosen fields.

The 10 Most Visionary Leaders in Education is a prestigious list curated by CIO Look, a global online business magazine. The list recognizes education professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the educational sector.


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