The purpose of the IMS CIO Advisory Council is to establish an active, representative group of CIOs who can provide ongoing guidance to the IMS work program and liaison with the broader community of higher education CIOs.
Encouraging leadership and collaboration among institutions to accellerate both the adoption of standards and the network effect of wide spread adoption of such standards, the CIO Advisory Council focuses on:
Members of the CIO Advisory Council
David Ernst, Associate Vice President and CIO, University of California, Office of the President
Darrel Huish, Vice Chancellor of Technology & Chief Information Officer, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Patrick Laughran, Associate Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer, Framingham State University
Dr. Terence Ma,Associate Dean for Biomedical Science and Informatics, Professor of Anatomy, California Northstate University College of Medicine
Laura McCain Patterson, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Michigan
Brian Stewart, Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer, Athabasca University
David J. Ernst was appointed in July 2008 to the position of CIO and Associate Vice President for the University of California system in the Office of the President. In this role he provides leadership and support for information technology planning and implementation at the system wide level as well as supporting those activities on the ten University of California campuses. Major areas of focus include the creation of a UC Cyber Infrastructure serving teaching and research as well as enabling administrative efficiencies through the strategic use of information technology.
David serves as Board Chair of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Board Chair of the Corporation for Educational Networking Initiatives in California (CENIC,) and recently completed five years as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE/CAUDIT Australian Management Institute. He also serves as a member of the Oracle Research and Education Advisory Board and the BlackBoard Client Strategy Council.
Prior to his appointment at the University of California, David was the Chief Information Officer for the California State University (CSU.) He provided information technology leadership for the 23-campus, 420,000 student CSU system. His major focus included eight key academic technology initiatives, the final phases of implementation for higher education’s largest ERP project, and a comprehensive system wide network infrastructure installation.
He has contributed to CAUSE, EDUCOM, and EDUCAUSE in a variety of roles in the past three decades. David was a founding member of the EDUCAUSE Institute, serving on the faculties of both the Leadership and Management programs from 1990 through 2000. He also served as the Director of the SAC Executive Seminar from 1996-2003.
Prior to joining the CSU in 1995, David was a senior manager in Coopers & Lybrand’s Higher Education Consulting Group. Over the past thirty years he has held senior management and information technology positions at UC San Diego, Stanford University and UC San Francisco. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California at Davis.
Darrel Huish serves as the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He has overall responsibility for system-wide enterprise technology services while working in collaboration with the System's 25 independent colleges and 7 universities. Mr. Huish is responsible for the enterprise-wide information technology that serves more than 400,000 students, faculty and others by interoperating with several localized technology implementations at the system’s 32 campuses. Besides enhancing teaching and learning, the division performs such essential functions as academic and student record keeping, business transactions and online courses.
Mr. Huish served as program chair for the national EDUCAUSE 2008 conference. He has also served as a faculty member for the EDUCAUSE Management Institute, as well as the CAUDIT Institute in Australia.
Mr. Huish previously was the vice chancellor and chief information officer for Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, Arizona from 2004 to 2010. From 1996 to 2004, he was assistant vice provost for information technology at Arizona State University. Mr. Huish received a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with an Information Resource Management specialization, both from Arizona State University.
Patrick Laughran has over a decade of diverse experience within Higher Education, including senior administration positions at both private and public institutions, as well as two stints as founding Chief Technology Officer for companies within online media and e-learning industries. He is also an instructor for an online MBA program, teaching courses on strategies for information resource management and enterprise growth through innovation. Mr. Laughran holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and B.S.B.A. from Northeastern University. He is currently Chief Information Officer at Framingham State University with responsibility for the oversight of all information technology and services, including educational technology and distance education support.
Dr. Terence Ma is the Associate Dean for Biomedical Science and Informatics, Professor of Anatomy, California Northstate University College of Medicine. Previously he was Chief Information Officer and Professor of Basic Sciences, Touro University Nevada where he assumed the lead role for Information Technology at Touro University Nevada in 2006 where he is responsible for all aspects of information, academic/educational, and communications technologies. He has worked in higher education for over 20 years, including work as a researcher and a faculty member. Dr. Ma also has worked for private businesses. As a faculty member, he was an early adopter of technology and implemented early connections to the Internet, interactive course websites, and asynchronous on-line education. At Touro University Nevada, he has was charged with building the network and academic technology infrastructure, strategic planning, and developing and implementing a faculty governance structure. Dr. Ma has a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Laura McCain Patterson is the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan. Appointed to the role in March 2009, she is responsible for working with the campus community to develop the strategy for leveraging information technology to advance the goals of the university’s three campuses and health system. Her charge also includes direct responsibility for shared infrastructure, communication systems, data centers, administrative information systems, academic technologies and IT security.
Patterson joined the University in 1993 as the University Registrar. In 1996, she assumed responsibility for the M-Pathways project, which included the implementation of multiple enterprise-wide resource planning systems across the university’s core business areas.
Prior to joining U-M, Patterson was Registrar at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire from 1982-1993. The former Franklin College of Indiana faculty member started her information technology career when she was appointed as Registrar and Director of Academic Advising at Franklin College of Indiana in 1982.
She holds bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University and completed graduate work in human learning and instructional design at the University of Minnesota. Patterson has many publications and has made numerous presentations at professional associations of student service providers, information technology professionals, and user groups. She is a Computer World Smithsonian Laureate and was named a Top Michigan Woman in Computing in 2005.
Patterson is very active in the national higher education arena and serves on the following boards and advisory committees:
Patterson and her husband, Rex, have three children. She is an avid runner and cyclist.
Brian moved to Canada in 1988 from Ireland, and joined Athabasca University in 2003. He was appointed to his current position of Vice President IT and CIO in 2004. Brian's role is to provide strategic leadership to the application of Information and communications technology (ICT) to the activities of the University. Brian is charged with identifying and resourcing appropriate technologies to improve administrative effectiveness and efficiency; to assist the academic community's use of ICT to develop programs which improve students' learning and success; and to facilitate the research and development of world class e-learning initiatives.
Brian is currently actively engaged in leading the University's eKnowledge initiatives, the current projects including the adoption and integration of the Moodle learning management system and the Alfresco content management system, redesign and development of online student services, sustainable redesign of the data centre and network infrastructure, and design and implementation of ICT capital, costing, and project management methodologies.
Brian also plays an active role in the Post Secondary ICT Community, he is chair of the Association of Alberta for Higher Education Information Technology, a member of the Campus Alberta Administration IT Committee, and is a board member of CIPS Alberta, and is chair of the Alberta Post secondary Application System CIO's Group. Brian also has published on the use of ICT in printing and education and is an active contributor to Edcause forums and publications.
Brian holds an MBA from Athabasca University and an MA in Economics from University College Cork in Ireland.