Summit participants benefit from forward thinking presentations and panel discussions facilitated by leaders in higher education technology. The presenters will deliver information regarding some of the most highly regarded and innovative initiatives occurring in the industry today. The speakers on the Campus Technology Summit program represent both large and small institutions to develop sessions that result in valuable, diverse perspectives.
Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. As one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few. Pat is also the author of over 75books.
Pat served for seven years in the United States Army, spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization—two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office—and has also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization. Since 1968, he has been in the NBA as general manager for teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia—including the 1983 World Champion 76ers—and now the Orlando Magic, which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA playoffs and five have made the NBA finals. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by Beckett’s, a national publication.
Pat has been an integral part of NBA history, including bringing the NBA to Orlando. He has traded Pete Maravich as well as traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway, and he has won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins. He signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches, nine have become college head coaches while seven have become assistant NBA coaches.
On March 1, UCF’s John C. Hitt, the visionary behind one of America’s great university success stories, marked his 20th anniversary as president. He is currently the longest-serving president among Florida’s 11 state universities. During his tenure, enrollment has nearly tripled to exceed 58,500 students, making UCF Florida’s largest university and the second largest in the U.S.
Typically, UCF sets new school records each year for the quality of its students, the number of transfer students it accepts from community and state colleges, and the number of degrees awarded. U.S. News & World Report recently rated UCF as the nation’s No. 4 “up and coming” university, and the Carnegie Foundation designates UCF with its highest ranking as “a very high research institution.” Meanwhile, President Hitt’s drive to establish UCF as America’s leading partnership university has made UCF synonymous with the progress and prosperity of Central Florida and the Sunshine State. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of UCF.
During his tenure, UCF has grown from the 115th-largest university in America to the nation’s second largest university and Florida’s largest. President Hitt has made an investment of one billion in building out the campus during his tenure to date – 51 buildings on campus to 158. Through strategic partnerships with the local community, President Hitt led UCF in the construction of the College of Medicine at Lake Nona. The president’s unique approach to tackling opportunities, challenges, and problems has taken UCF from promise to prominence – and it has earned him many accolades. Those include being twice ranked No. 1 on Orlando Magazine’s list of Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful People and earning the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year award.
Prior to arriving at UCF, Dr. Hitt served as the interim president at the University of Maine. His leadership experience also includes a decade as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bradley University in Illinois. He and his wife, Martha, whom he met at Austin College in Texas where they both attended, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Link has over 20 years’ experience in higher education technology management. He is currently responsible for Lone Star College System’s Office of Technology Services. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Technology Services and was directly responsible for Campus Technology Services and Technical Services. He has deployed multiple strategies that focus on optimizing IT performance while reducing costs. In his current capacity he works with all aspects of technology and the delivery of these services to Lone Star College System’s six campuses, ten resource centers, and two university centers.
The Lone Star College System’s Office of Technology Services (OTS) maintains a leading edge, 5-nines, IT infrastructure to enable innovation in the classroom. This infrastructure is based on 98% virtualization across two main datacenters and 14 campus server rooms. The network supporting this infrastructure is based on multiple 10 GB links to virtualized cores, redundant internet connections, and top-level load balancing. This private cloud enables OTS to rapidly meet the student, faculty, and staff needs from high-availability to new service deployment. The Office of Technology Services focuses on the application of technology to address business problems and to add value to the institution.
Link has published in Computer World, Intranet World, and Campus Technology. He has presented at EDUCAUSE (national, regional, and security), Cisco, ITsmf, VMworld, EMC World, Campus Technology, and League of Innovation. Recent case studies have been published with Symantec – Altiris, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Cisco, and EMC. The Lone Star College System’s Office of Technology Services has received the following recognition: Campus Technology Innovator Award 2012, Center for Digital Government – Best in Texas 2012, Digital Education Achievement Award 2012, Computer World Laureate Class of 2012, Center for Digital Education 2011, EMC Journey to the Cloud Award 2011, and the Symantec Visionary Award 2010.
The Lone Star College System
Located in the North Houston metro area of Texas, Lone Star College System serves over 90,000 credit and continuing education students. Adding about 5,000 students every two years, Lone Star College System (LSCS) is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in the nation. The LSCS consists of six (6) campuses, ten (10) instructional centers, and two (2) university centers. The College System’s service area comprises over 1,400 square miles with all IT support provided by the Office of Technology Services.
The Lone Star College System (LSCS) has selected student success as its primary focus and is on its journey to become one of the prominent community colleges in the United States.
Louise began her career in higher education information technology at Johns Hopkins University where over a period of ten years she created a Computing Center for the Basic Sciences
Institute, designed and implemented an enterprise directory for the university, hospital and Applied Physics Lab, consolidated major hospital and university e-mail systems, provided network backbone services for all campuses and served as the university liaison for Internet2. She then spent the next five years as a technology management consultant for several colleges as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Program/Project Manager while working for CampusWorks Inc.
Louise joined Loyola University Maryland in July 2007, as the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Technology Services. She is currently serving as the AJCU-CITM Vice President, on the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) Board and the Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC) Board
Dr. Furlani serves as Interim Associate Vice President for Information Technology (CIO) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He also serves as Director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research (CCR), a leading academic supercomputing center with more than 100 Tflops of aggregate compute capacity.
A National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow, Dr. Furlani has more than 25 years experience in scientific computing and visualization, including computational chemistry and parallel processing. Dr. Furlani has served as principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Federal Highway Administration. Dr. Furlani serves on the NYSERNet Board of Directors, and is a founding member of the Visualization in Transportation Committee of the National Transportation Research Board. In addition, Education and Outreach has been an important focus of Dr. Furlani, with on-going K-12, undergraduate and graduate level programs, including the Eric Pitman Annual Summer Workshop in Computational Science for High School Students.
Michael H. Hites advances collaborative vision, strategy, management, and accountability for enterprise-wide information technology services within the University of Illinois’ multi-campus environment. Over the past decade, he has held C-level positions in information technology leadership including first Chief Technology Officer at Illinois Institute of Technology, first Chief Information Officer at New Mexico State University, and first Executive Chief Information Officer at the University of Illinois.
He is responsible for IT policy, information services, telephone and data networks, application development, training, system administration, desktop services, portfolio and process management, and IT governance. He has also led institutional research, library services, and distance education services. Hites has developed leadership program curricula and led strategic planning and IT planning for several universities. He is member of the SCUP Board and one of Computerworld’s Premier100 IT Leaders.
Hites holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, and a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Kamran Khan – Vice Provost, Information Technology at Rice University, Houston, Texas (2004-). In his position as Vice Provost, Kamran has broad responsibility for all academic and research computing, data center, networking, telecommunications, security, campus-wide systems infrastructure and architecture, web and media services and enterprise systems. He has lead the university in envisioning and planning for the effective use of emerging technologies within the University’s academic mission to enhance the teaching, learning, research and administrative environment. He has been the PI and recipient of grants and awards from NSF and IBM. Prior to coming to Rice University, Kamran worked Dartmouth College, Hollins University and Marist College.
John E. Kolb received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer. A Professional Engineer, licensed in New York State, Kolb’s Rensselaer career spans over 30 years. Currently, VP for Information Services and Technology, and CIO. He previously served as Dean of Computing and Information Services; Assistant Dean, Engineering; Head, Core Engineering; and Director of Engineering Computing Services. Kolb taught courses in Engineering, Science, Management, and IT. He is a member, NYSERNet.org Board of Directors; member, NYSERNet.net Board of Directors; Co-Chair, University of the State of NY Technology Policy and Practices Council; member, Board of Internet2, member, American Society for Engineering Education, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Kolb was a former Chair of the CIO Council of The Business-Higher Education Roundtable of the Capital Region, and Board Member of The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology. He has presented at numerous higher education and technology conferences, and was a past recipient of the Boeing Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. He has been instrumental in attracting and implementing numerous technology grants at Rensselaer including the $100M Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) and the High Performance Computing Consortium (HPC2) in NYS.
Manoj Kutty is the CEO and Founder of LoudCloud Systems. He started his career in 1993 with the Tata Group (a $100B Indian conglomerate) and rose to become one of its youngest Presidents. In 2000, he established Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) in N. America and over the next decade helped build one of the world’s largest custom e-learning service providers. In 2010, he setup LoudCloud based on his belief that a reimagined teaching and learning platform underpinned by behavioral analytics will improve student and teacher outcomes. Manoj holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA. He lives with his family in Dallas, TX.
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Dr. Edward G. Mahon is responsible for the architecture and operations of the information technology systems in place at Kent State University, as well as the overall vision for the university’s information technology environment in the future.
Mahon arrived at Kent State in 2004 with more than 23 years of experience in communications and information technology and services. He serves on several advisory bodies, including Educause, a key association that promotes the intelligent use of information technology in higher education.
Under his leadership, Kent State has received national recognition for innovative communications technology:
Before coming to Kent State, Mahon served as the associate vice president and chief information officer at the University of Missouri at Columbia. At Missouri, Mahon was responsible for campus and system-wide information technology and originated the Big 12 CIO group. He currently serves on the Ohio Inter-University Council CIO group.
In addition, Mahon serves on two key Kent State advisory panels:
Mahon holds a bachelor’s degree in management/information systems from Eckerd College in Florida, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Doctorate of Management from Case Western Reserve University, where he was Mandel Fellow in the Weatherhead School of Management. His recent publications
David Maki (Chief Technology Officer – Northern Michigan University) has at NMU for over three decades, first hired as a student Mainframe Systems Programmer he later became the Manager of Systems Programming and then Director of Technical Services before taking his current position as NMU’s Chief Technology Officer in 2008. He played a critical role in Northern’s implementation of its teaching, learning, and communication Initiative, a campus-wide laptop program, and the university’s wired, wireless, and 4G networking infrastructure. Since the program’s implementation, he has been sought out as a consultant and presenter on how to incorporate technology campus-wide on mid- to small campuses. He is the recipient of the NMU Excellence in Service Award and was the 2010 recipient of Merit Network’s Award for Innovation in Networking and Information Technology. He graduated from NMU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Gerry McCartney serves as Purdue University’s chief information officer and is responsible for overseeing the University’s information technology organization. He also holds an appointment as the Inaugural Director of the Innovation for Commercialization Center.
Under McCartney’s leadership, Purdue has developed the nation’s largest campus cyberinfrastructure for research, with five supercomputers listed in the internationally known Top500 list. Also during his tenure, Purdue has developed some of the nation’s most advanced learning and classroom technologies, including Signals and Hotseat. In addition, in 2010 McCartney provided oversight to a campus-wide restructuring of the information technology resources used by the nearly 15,000 faculty and staff on campus.
Michael Pearce currently serves as the CEO Innovative Education & System Vice President Information Technology, CIO for the University of South Florida System. The University of South Florida is among the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of Florida’s top three research universities. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students and 13,000 faculty and staff on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.
In his role at USF Michael oversees both the system wide information technology organization in addition to University College which has responsibility for the University’s strategic efforts to ensure student success and program innovation by leading USF distance learning development in collaboration with other University academic colleges, through market-based programs, full cost recovery, and funded models – growing continuing education, compliance and test preparation, conferencing, consulting, workplace-based education, metro initiatives, pre-college, adult completion, and certificate programs in support of life-long learning. Prior to joining USF Mike served as the Chief Information Officer for Suffolk University in Boston Massachusetts and the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles, and headed the technical component of the Information Services Division for the University.
He has held numerous other managerial positions in Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems for a variety of organizations ranging in size from small venture capital start-up firms to large multi-billion dollar conglomerates. In previous roles, Mike has held both technical and administrative roles of increasing responsibility such as the Vice President of Information Technology for Bausch & Lomb, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Chiron Vision, and as Corporate Controller of Beckman Instruments. During his 25 year history, Mike has led a number of global projects, system implementations, and reengineering initiatives for a variety of companies. He spearheaded the worldwide-shared services initiatives that resulted in a Shared Service Data Center in Geneva, Switzerland, and Fullerton, California. Mike currently holds a master’s degree in Finance and a bachelor¹s degree in accounting with significant experience in Information Systems Management.
He serves on numerous customer, industry, and technology advisory boards throughout the nation.
Peter M. Siegel is chief information officer (CIO) and vice provost for information and educational technology at the University of California, Davis, with primary responsibilities for research, academic and administrative computing. As CIO, Siegel is responsible for providing the leadership necessary to assure the effective and strategic deployment of information and educational technology to the campus’s academic and administrative operations. He also is responsible for coordinating technology with the UC Davis Health System. Siegel manages the myriad forms of information technology used throughout the campus, including classroom and educational technologies, cyber-safety, computing systems and data, research infrastructure, voice and video communication services. Siegel is a member of the chancellor’s cabinet, and reports to both the chancellor and provost with primary responsibilities for research computing, academic and administrative computing.
Siegel speaks regularly on cloud computing, computer privacy and security issues, collaboration technologies, the role of technology planning in academia, electronic accessibility, and cyber-infrastructure in support of research. Recently, Siegel led a ”Vision for Cloud- and Earth-based Services at UC Davis” EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar, and sponsored a workshop at UC Davis on Strategies for Large Data with participants from around the country, including researchers, vendors and national consortia.
Terri-Lynn Thayer is the Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO at her alma mater, Brown University in Providence, RI where she has worked since 1989. Her responsibilities include operational leadership of central IT staff in the areas of enterprise applications, infrastructure, data center, network, telephony, media, IT security, academic technology, and user services. Prior to joining Brown she spent 6 years in support of the Trident Submarine program in Newport, RI where she worked as a Database Administrator and Manager. Terri-Lynn previously worked for 3 years at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH. She has held numerous regional and national positions in a variety of professional associations. She served 7 years on the Software AG Users Group Executive Committee including a four year term as the SAGGROUP President. She has also served 4 years on the Educause Advisory Group on Administrative Information Systems and Services. She served on the Cause ’94 program committee and past conference committees for both CAUCUS and MAXIM. She is a past Chair of the Coeus Consortium and a former rep on the Kuali Research Administration Advisory Board. More recently she served as a member of the Educause 2010 program Committee. She also currently serves as a board member and treasurer of OSHEAN, the Ocean State Higher Education Access Network, and as board member of NEREN, the Northeast Research and Education Network.
Mr. Tufano joined St. John’sUniversity in 2002 and is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During his tenure, he has transformed the culture of the University, driving its commitment to the use of technology in every facet of campus life. This technology transformation began in 2003, when the University instituted its Academic Computing Initiative (ACI) program, which included the installation of a ubiquitous wireless network, distribution of laptop computers to faculty and all incoming freshmen students, and the launch of the “Portable Professor™” faculty technology seminars. To date, over 30,000 laptops have been distributed and over 75% of the faculty have participated in the seminars. Due to the success of the ACI program, the University was ranked in Intel’s Top 10 Unwired Colleges, and PC Magazine ranked St. John’s as #13 in top wired colleges. In support of its academic initiatives, the University has developed technology rich laboratories for the pharmacy, finance, computer security, and foreign language programs. In support of its global mission, the University opened campuses in Rome and Paris, which have been fully integrated into the technology infrastructure. The University implemented a state of the art emergency alert notification system, which was instrumental in safeguarding the entire campus community. The system was activated during a September, 2007 campus emergency and received nationwide recognition in the news media. The system has been replicated and employed at other major universities.
Mr. Tufano is a member of the University’s Executive Planning Committee. He has received individual recognitions for
his work at St. John’s:
Mr. Tufano has over 30 years experience in the Information Technology industry. Prior to joining St. John’s, he held executive positions at Prudential Financial, Inc. and MetLife Inc. Mr. Tufano has a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from St. John’s University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Polytechnic University.
Walter has been serving as Chief Information Officer for the University of Nebraska since 1995. In this position he reports to the President of the University.
In addition to his duties at the University he currently serves as the Chair of the Knowledge Management Council that is part of the management structure of SIM International. Walter is also Chair of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s Technical Panel whose mission is to make the State of Nebraska’s information technology infrastructure more accessible and responsive to the needs of its citizens, regardless of location, while making investments in government, education, health care and other services more efficient and cost effective.
Prior to moving to Nebraska, Walter was Vice President and CIO at Fordham University in New York from 1986-1995 and prior to that was Associate Professor of Computer Science at the US Military Academy, West Point, New York from 1980 – 1986. He is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and has master’s degrees in Military Arts and Science, Business Administration and Computer Science as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics.