Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO, Oregon State University
Lois Brooks serves as Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO for Oregon State University. She provides vision, leadership, and advocacy for the effective application of information technologies to the instructional, research and service missions of the University. She is active nationally in the higher education community, and has served in leadership and governance roles with the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, Unizin, Educause Learning Initiative, and Internet2. Brooks joined OSU in 2010 after working at Stanford University for many years, serving most recently as Director of Academic Computing. During her tenure at Stanford she co-founded the Sakai Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors and later as Executive Director. Brooks holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from the University of San Francisco.
Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida
Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. In this role he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation’s 2nd largest university. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. He has served on a number of state and national educational technology advisory boards. His research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.
Paul Czarapata, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS)
Paul Czarapata, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). In this role, Dr. Czarapata is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of technology across the system. KCTCS is comprised of 16 colleges and over 70 locations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He will be the first to tell you he is blessed to have a talented group of people with great ideas surrounding him and the intestinal fortitude to see them through at KCTCS. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Paul came to KCTCS in 1999 after working for PeopleSoft, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and three small software consulting firms. Before coming to the IMS Board of Directors Paul served on the Higher Education User Group Board of Directors for three years.
Paul earned his education degrees at Northern Illinois University (Bachelor’s in Operations Management & Information Systems) and Morehead State University (MBA and Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership). He lives in Versailles, KY with his wife Melissa and son Alex. Paul is involved in several national and local organizations, but has a special place in his heart for little league baseball.
Sean DeMonner, Executive Director, ITS Teaching & Learning, University of Michigan
Sean DeMonner has worked in the technology field for over 20 years in settings ranging from universities to commercial startups to established publicly-traded corporations. His professional experience includes functional management, organizational development, strategic planning, product development, and project and portfolio management. His broad technical background spans general IT applicationsand infrastructure, web and multimedia design and development, and delivery of related services.
Mr. DeMonner is currently responsible for enterprise academic technology and directs the Teaching & Learning organization for the University of Michigan’s Information Technology Services division. He holds a BA in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.
Tristan Denley, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents
Dr. Tristan Denley has served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents since August 2013. Before moving to the system office he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University from January 2009. Originally from Penzance, England, Dr. Denley earned his PhD in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge, and held positions in Sweden, Canada, and the University of Mississippi before coming to Tennessee. At Ole Miss he served as Chair of Mathematics, and Senior Fellow of the Residential College program.
Jason Fish, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, Purdue University
Jason Fish is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at Purdue University where he is responsible for providing leadership in technology initiatives that support instruction. He holds a BA in Computer Technology, an MBA, and his currently pursuing his PhD. The work of his group has been featured by the New York Times, CNET, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Brent Harris, Vice President for Information Technology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
As Vice President for Information Technology Mr. Harris supports,Strategic Planning,Implementation of university initiatives,Supervision of IT divisions including network services, computer support, systems management, Institutional Research, A/V services, academic technology support, web services, Copy Center and CruCard services and Budget management.
Mr. Harris has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Education from Baylor University.
Stephen Gance, Policy Associate - eLearning & Open Education, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical coordinates and directs the Washington state system of 34 public community and technical colleges.
Dr. Steve Gance is a member of the elearning and Open Education at the State Board, located in Olympia, WA. The group identifies and promotes innovative strategies in eLearning and Open Education and manages system-wide grants and contracts for multiple educational technologies. He is involved in competency-based education, open badges, accessibility and technology standards.
Steve earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology. He has over 20 years experience in higher education and 15 years experience in the software industry.
Jeff Grann, Ph.D., Academic Director of Assessment and Learning Analytics, Capella University
Jeff advances systems of trust that incent adult development and empower learners to reach their potential. At Capella, Jeff has led a synergistic mix of academic and technical innovations. Academically, Jeff defined the university’s fully-embedded assessment model and incorporated its tenents into the university’s educational philosophy. Technically, Jeff’s innovative projects have quickly illustrated value and have matured into core operations of the university’s credit-based and direct assessment programming, such as scoring guide tool, alignment documentation, competency map, and CBL dashboard. Since 2014, Jeff has been actively working with IMS Global to define a competency-based education specification supporting data exchanges from item-level assessment results to a digital extended transcript.
Jeff earned a BA in psychology and a Ph.D. in educational psychology with a minor in gerontology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He tweets at https://twitter.com/jeffgrann.
Avi Hyman, EdD, Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies, University of Toronto
Avi Hyman is the University of Toronto's Director of Academic & Collaborative Technologies. He is an anthropologist with a doctoral degree from OISE, who has, for the past couple of decades, been fortunate to have positions which have allowed him to think both strategically about technology in higher education, and actualize ideas on an operational day-to-day level.
He is cross-appointed to the university’s Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (the faculty development centre), and the university’s Information Technology Services division (Office of the CIO). He also acts as an “ambassador” of sorts between central IT and the University’s Library System. Avi is an unabashed advocate of a standards-based approach to higher education technologies, and the philosophy of open access / open source learning. His landing page is http://uoft.me/avi
Linda Jorn, Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of IT Director of Academic Technology, University of Wisconsin
Linda Jorn, serves as the Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Director of Academic Technology, at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Linda works with campus leaders to set campus strategic priorities around educational innovation. She is committed to using an interdisciplinary approach to design efficient, yet flexible organizational structures and teams that can quickly respond to transformational changes. She has served on over forty higher education and national educational technology committees, published and presented about the impact of technology on teaching and learning with over 120 presentations, 19 grants, and 19 publications.
Vince Kellen, Ph.D.
, Chief Information Officer
, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Vince Kellen currently serves as the chief information officer for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as well as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, and vice chancellor and chief financial officer's senior management team. UCSD is recognized as a top 15 university world-wide and 7th best public university in the world, with over $1 billion in annual research funding, 34,000 students, 16 Nobel laureates who have taught on its campus and 161 faculty with national Academy memberships.
Dr. Kellen brings a rare combination of academic, business and IT strategy experience to his role, with a focus on transformational leadership within IT, applying leading edge approaches to current business challenges. His twenty-five years of executive-level information technology experience offers a proven track record of successfully integrating innovative applications of information technology into all aspects of teaching, learning, and student success. These innovations have resulted in markedly improved efficiencies and enhanced learning environments, as well as fruitful, collaborative relationships with researchers, faculty, staff, and students across all levels of higher education and the world.
Dr. Kellen formerly served as the senior vice provost of Analytics and Technologies for the University of Kentucky, one of the top public research institutions and academic medical centers in the US., where his areas of responsibility included institutional research and analytics, enterprise software, research computing, academic technology, IT infrastructure and cloud services, and supporting the university’s 17 colleges, 30,000 students, and 14,000 faculty and staff. Prior to that role, he held the position of chief information officer for three years.
He earned his Ph.D. in computer science (human-computer interaction), an M.S. degree in e-commerce, and a B.A. degree in communications from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Mary-Ellen Kreher, Director, Course Design and Development, Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, University of California Office of the President
Mary-Ellen Kreher has more than 30 years experience in K-12 and Higher Education, including teaching and curriculum design, educational software and learning aps development, learning management and student information systems, and online education. In her 30-year career working with learning institutions, education companies, and publishers, Mary-Ellen has led many innovative product initiatives aimed at increasing access to learning and student success. She joined the University of California’s Office of the President in 2012 to lead online course design and academic technology development. Through the Provost’s Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, Mary-Ellen now oversees a cross-campus effort to build online courses and develop the underlying systems and technologies that enable students across the UC system to enroll in and take these courses online.
Patrick Laughran, Associate Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer, Framingham 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.
Phil Long, Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Phil Long is the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences and Chief Innovation Officer with Project 2021 at the University of Texas, Austin. Current work focuses on UTx, the local implementation of edX, learning analytics (SoLAR) and the digital enhancement of physical learning spaces. Phil is also a Foundation Honorary Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is a lapsed biologist now learning scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, and the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.
Wendi Prater, Associate Vice Chancellor, Lone Star College Online
Wendi Prater is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Lone Star College Online, the online arm of the Lone Star College System. She has many years of experience in corporate leadership and higher education. In her current role, she provides overall strategic leadership for all aspects of LSC Online which serves over 34,000 students. Lone Star College is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the US, serving approximately 95,000 students, and is committed to student success and credential completion.
Prater earned her B.S. in Family Consumer Science from McNeese State University, M.A. in Human Ecology from Louisiana Tech University, M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and a Ph.D in Educational Administration, Community College Leadership Program from The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a SPHR certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources) from HRCI the Human Resources Certification Institute and and a Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM–SCP) certification from SHRM.
John Rome, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University
John Rome is the Deputy Chief Information Officer and a 20+ year employee of Arizona State University. His career started at ASU in the University Technology Office (UTO) and he has worked closely with a variety of departments including: Data Administration, Institutional Research, the President's Office, Budget Department, and the Provost Office.
John has led ASU's Data Administration, UTO's Business Intelligence (BI), UTO's Application Development and ERP Systems (PeopleSoft), and UTO's Academic Technologies. John is a pioneer of data warehousing/BI in higher education, building ASU's first Data Warehouse around 1992. He also introduced dashboards to ASU in 2006. John has coached higher education institutions and industry on best practices, including the strategic importance of Bl. He is frequently asked to speak on the topic of analytics.
Mr. Rome has focused the last six years on dashboards/design/academic analytics and most recently, big data. As part of his role in UTO, John focuses his attention on architecting IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions based on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practice framework. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Clarke University (Iowa) and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Marianne Schroeder, Senior Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies, The University of British Columbia
Marianne Schroeder is responsible for teaching and learning technologies at the University of British Columbia, including learning application development, integrations into the ecosystem, course development and analysis of learning data.
Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director for Teaching and Learning Technology, Penn State University
Jennifer Sparrow is the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) at Penn State. TLT works to help PSU faculty take advantage of information technology to enrich the educational experiences of their students and to champion the creative and innovative uses of technology for teaching, learning, and research.
She was previously Senior Director of Networked Knowledge Ventures and Emerging Technologies at Virginia Tech. For more than 15 years, she has championed the use of technology to engage students in the learning process. She has a passion for working with faculty to explore new technologies and their potential implementations in teaching and learning. She loves working with faculty who are willing to push the boundaries of the leading edge of technology in teaching, learning, and research. Her current projects involve the convergence of technologies and learning spaces to create interactive and engaged learning opportunities. Jennifer's conversations around technology focuses on increasing digital fluency for students, faculty, and life-long learners.
Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO, Academic Engagement, UC Berkeley
Jenn Stringer is responsible for the strategic direction of academic computing on the campus and for services that support classroom technologies and video capture and production, faculty instructional technology support, the campus LMS and student portal, and student computing. Prior to Berkeley she has been Director for Academic Technology Services at New York University and Director of Educational Technology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has worked in libraries and the educational research arena since 1989. She has managed public services and computers labs in libraries and educational technology grants supporting medical education and designed unique learning spaces that support collaborative teaching and learning activities. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors in History and completed her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
Jack Suess, Chairman of the Board, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Mr. John "Jack" Suess is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As Vice President, he provides university leadership for information technology at UMBC and serves on the executive leadership team of the university. He is responsible for providing information technology services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. Reporting directly to the President, he is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, coordination, budget, personnel, and policy related to information technology at UMBC.
Since 2000, Mr. Suess has been very active nationally in the areas of cybersecurity, identity management, analytics, and cloud computing and has served in a number of national information technology leadership activities with EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon. His recent activities include participating in the Internet2 Board of Directors (2010-2013), InCommon (2009-Present), Internet2 Council and Program Advisory Committees (2008-Present), ECAR Strategies Working Group (2013-Present), Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) (2000-Present, Chair 2003-2006), REN-ISAC Executive Advisory Group (2006-2013), Center for Higher Education CIO Studies (CHECS) (2013-Present), and the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC) (2012-Present).