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September 2, 2014
Joanne Dehoney
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EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education, has announced three new board members. Kay Rhodes, associate vice chancellor and CIO for the Texas Tech University System, and Jack Suess, vice president of information technology and CIO for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, were elected by the association’s membership. Ron Kraemer, vice president for information technology and chief information and digital officer at the University of Notre Dame, was appointed by the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors as a director-at-large. All three will serve a four-year term starting in September 2014.

“I’m delighted to welcome Kay, Jack, and Ron to the EDUCAUSE board,” said EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger. “All three have served the association in multiple roles and bring a deep understanding of the member experience to their board service. They will help us in all facets of our work of building the IT profession and strengthening higher education.”

Kay Rhodes

Kay Rhodes is the associate vice chancellor and CIO for the Texas Tech University System (TTUS), where she began her career in 1980. In this role, Rhodes focuses on strategies, support, and enterprise systems for the TTUS, where she oversees the IT departments shared by Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Rhodes works collaboratively with the four TTUS institution CIOs to coordinate IT direction, strategic plans, risk assessments, and policies for the Texas Tech entities, as well as IT-related compliance and reporting for the state of Texas.

Prior to Texas Tech, Rhodes worked as a programmer analyst in the private sector. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Baylor University.

An active member of EDUCAUSE, Rhodes is a faculty member for the Leadership Program. She served on the EDUCAUSE 2013 Program Committee and as a reviewer for EDUCAUSE 2014.

John (Jack) Suess 

John (Jack) Suess is vice president of information technology and chief information officer for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he is responsible for providing IT services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. At UMBC, he works closely with President Freeman Hrabowski on using analytics and technology to drive innovation, and he serves on the campus strategic planning committee, research council, and budget committee. Suess is active nationally and serves on the Connected Learning Advisory Council of IMS Global, on the InCommon Steering Committee, and on the management council for the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Suess is an alumnus of UMBC, where he has worked since 1981. He holds a BA in mathematics and an MS in information systems and operations analysis. He has led UMBC information technology since 1997. He was appointed CIO in 2000 and vice president in 2005.

Suess has written or co-authored a number of articles for EDUCAUSE Review and is a frequent presenter at conferences.

Ron Kraemer

Ron Kraemer is the vice president for information technology and chief information and digital officer at the University of Notre Dame, a position he began in August 2010. In this role, he oversees IT infrastructure that supports the entire campus community; the development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the university’s teaching, learning, research, engagement, and business activities; and the establishment of a governance structure to plan for future IT service needs across campus.

Before joining Notre Dame, Kraemer was a member of the leadership team of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, most recently serving as its CIO and vice provost for information technology. Kraemer serves the higher education community as a member of the Internet2 NET+ Program Advisory Group and is the lead faculty member for the EDUCAUSE Institute Leadership Program.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Kraemer earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where his research concerned geographical information systems.


Visit the EDUCAUSE Governance and Leadership web page for more information on the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors.


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