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Mentors: Making a Difference for Tomorrow's Leaders


Mentoring relationships benefit both mentor and protege, allowing those who have grown through mentoring to pass along the gift of developing new leaders.

Eugene L. Spencer

Gene Spencer is an independent consultant to the higher education information technology and library communities, focusing on areas of organizational development, professional development, organizational design, work redesign, customer service, applications of technology and synergies between IT and library organizations, functions and personnel.

Most recently, Gene held the position of Associate Vice President for Information Services and Resources at Bucknell University. In this role, Gene served an integrated library/IT organization with responsibility for all aspects of computing services, library services, networking, instructional technology, enterprise information systems, library collections, information access, and telecommunications. His primary focus at Bucknell was organizational development, leadership development, and creating a collaborative work environment.

Gene has been a member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute Faculty, serving for 2 years as its Director. He served on the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Committee and on the EDUCAUSE 2000 program committee (Nashville). He also serves on the InCommon Federation Steering Committee. He has also been active in Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) and the Oberlin Group of Library Directors. Gene is also a Frye Fellow from the class of 2001 and served on the Frye Institute faculty for 2006 and 2007.


Cynthia Golden

Cynthia Golden currently serves as director of the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education at the University of Pittsburgh, joining the University in August 2009. This Center supports the teaching and learning mission of the university through instructional technology, learning design, faculty development, online learning, classroom technology and media services.

Prior to joining Pitt, she was Vice President of EDUCAUSE, the professional association whose mission it is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. At EDUCAUSE she led professional development activities as well as the association's content and knowledge management initiatives. Her portfolio included program and curricula development for management and leadership institutes, web-based seminars and other programs that serve higher education. She was also responsible for creating relevant and compelling learning experiences for members through the annual EDUCAUSE conference program, as well as the regional and special-topic conferences. Cynthia had general oversight for EDUCAUSE services and operations, and coordinated efforts with affiliate organizations.

Before coming to EDUCAUSE in 2001, she served as Executive Director of Computing and Technology Services at Duquesne University, where she had been the CIO since 1998. Before coming to Duquesne, Golden was manager of business applications in the Information Systems division at MIT, where she also coordinated administrative computing architecture. She was Associate Director of Administrative Systems at Carnegie Mellon University before joining the staff at MIT.

Golden has been a consistent contributor to professional development, as editor of the book "Cultivating Careers: Professional Development for Campus IT;" scores of articles, and even more conference presentations. She served on the Boards of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the Seminars of Academic Computing and CAUSE; participated on two national program committees for EDUCAUSE; and served as a member of many professional association committees over a twenty-year period. She is a frequent speaker at campus and professional events.

Updated January 2011.


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