As you know, last week the higher education IT community suffered a great loss when Dewitt Latimer was tragically taken from us far too early. The news of Dewitt's accident had a tremendous impact on many of us at Notre Dame, where he spent many years as Deputy CIO before moving on to assume the CIO role at Montana State.
I first met Dewitt nine years ago when I came to Notre Dame for a campus visit and series of interviews. I must admit that my first impression was something along the lines of "this guy is a little bit crazy." Over the subsequent nine years, I learned that, yes, he was a little bit crazy, and also that he was brilliant, kind, and intensely devoted to his family, friends and the communities that he served. That combination of qualities enabled him to make tremendous contributions to IT and higher ed as a change catalyst, thought leader and innovator.