Director of Rural Initiatives and Grants, Western New Mexico University
Otto Khera is currently Director of Rural Initiatives and Grants for Western New Mexico University in the small and aspiring “smart town” of Silver City, New Mexico. There he organizes entrepreneurial and economic development programs that support the university and surrounding communities. Otto has over 25 years of experience in higher learning and the private sector, with 20 years of online learning leadership and management at the University of Southern California and Arizona State University, and in consulting and instructional design for major education technology firms such as Instructure, Blackboard, and numerous edtech startups. In the early 90s he led the Axon Television project and in 1996 he founded the regional southern New Mexico newspaper Desert Exposure.