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September 24, 2012
Gregory Jackson
Vice President, Policy and Analysis


EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education, has announced three new board members. Bruce Maas, CIO and vice provost for information technology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was appointed by the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors as a director-at-large. Joy Hatch, vice chancellor for information technology services at the Virginia Community College System, and Justin Sipher, vice president for libraries and information technology at St. Lawrence University, were elected by the association’s membership. All three will serve a four-year term starting in November 2012.

“I’m delighted to welcome Bruce, Joy, and Justin to the EDUCAUSE board,” said EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger. “The board provides critical leadership for the association and an essential link to our membership, and I know we will benefit from the knowledge, insight, and experiences of these new board members. Each has an outstanding record of service that will inform EDUCAUSE as we work together to advance higher education through the use of information technology.”


Joy Hatch, Virginia Community College System

Joy Hatch

Joy Hatch has been with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) since 2008. She is vice chancellor for information technology services for VCCS, which comprises 23 individual schools located on 40 campuses across the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves over 400,000 students in credit courses and workforce training programs and services each year.

Hatch has over 20 years of experience in higher education, including previous positions at Harford Community College in Maryland, Bellarmine University in Kentucky, and Friends University in Kansas. She has previous technology experience in manufacturing, broadcasting, and K–12 school systems.

Hatch holds a PhD in information systems from Nova Southeastern University; an MBA and MS in information systems from Friends University; and a BA in commercial design from Barton College in North Carolina. Active as a community volunteer, Hatch is also a licensed pilot and certified flight instructor.


Bruce Maas, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Bruce Maas

Bruce Maas is the CIO and vice provost for information technology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a position he has held since August 2011. He has served the University of Wisconsin System in a variety of roles over more than 30 years, including as budget manager, assistant dean for business affairs, PeopleSoft project manager, deputy CIO, and service center transition coordinator. Prior to his current position, he served for seven years as the chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Maas has served as the director and as a faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and as chair of the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference. He is a strong advocate for central and distributed IT collaborations and partnerships.

Maas holds an MS in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.



Justin Sipher, St. Lawrence University

Justin Sipher

Justin Sipher is the vice president of libraries and information technology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, a position he began in August 2012. From 2005 to August 2012, Sipher served as the chief technology officer at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at the State University of New York College at Potsdam in a variety of IT positions.

Sipher serves on the board of directors for and as a member of the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group, and recently served as the faculty director of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute.

Sipher holds a BA in mathematics and an MS Ed in instructional technology from SUNY Potsdam. He is also a 2001 Frye Leadership Institute Fellow.


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


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