Meet the IT Issues Panel

About the IT Issues Panel

The EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel includes individuals from EDUCAUSE member institutions to provide quick feedback to EDUCAUSE on current issues, problems, and proposals across higher education IT. Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Vice President, Partnerships, Communities and Research, coordinates the group's activities and reports. Panel members serve for one year with staggered terms.

Panel members are selected by EDUCAUSE to reflect the composition of its membership, and include CIOs, other senior IT and library leaders, and faculty. The group may occasionally include others with useful perspectives, such as leaders from other associations or non-IT higher education leaders. Membership is by invitation only; discussions are private except for the reports mentioned below, and individual members' contributions are kept confidential.

Panel Responsibilities and Process

Members of the Issues Panel have two principal responsibilities:

Once each quarter, the  EDUCAUSE Vice President, Partnerships, Communities and Research, convenes the Issues Panel for approximately two hours. In advance of each quarterly session, EDUCAUSE asks Issues Panel members to identify the issues they believe are most important in higher-education IT practice at that point, emergent or otherwise significant. During the meeting, Issues Panel members and participating EDUCAUSE leaders discuss the issues members have listed, and agree on which seem most important. The resulting list then becomes the basis for developing the yearly Top IT Issues list. Based on the quarterly discussions, EDUCAUSE may also commission papers or reports, organize online webinars, conduct case studies, undertake research, or solicit relevant sessions for EDUCAUSE conferences and events.

From time to time—no more frequently than monthly—EDUCAUSE asks Issues Panel members to respond to specific questions. Sometimes these questions are about topics that have arisen during events or in online discussions; the goal is a quick read on how widespread or important those topics are. Sometimes the questions are about actions EDUCAUSE might take or changes it might make to existing programs. Issues Panel members agree to respond to such questions quickly, generally within 48 hours.

Meet The IT Issues Panel

Jeremy Anderson

Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Analytics
Mesquite, TX, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Wendy Athens

Senior Director
Orem, UT, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Jon Bartelson

Chief Information Officer
Providence, RI, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Steve Burrell

Vice President of IT & CIO
Flagstaff, AZ, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

LeRoy Butler

Chief Information Officer
Romeoville, IL, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Tiffni Deeb

Vice President of Information Technology
Minneapolis, MN, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Melissa Diers

Director of IT Academic Technologies
Omaha, NE, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Scott Erardi

Senior Project Manager
Hamden, CT, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Jared Evans

Information Security Officer
Washington, DC, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Susan Grajek

Ex Officio
Vice President, Partnerships, Communities and Research
Washington, DC, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2011-Present

Paul Harness

Director of Information Systems Services
Lancaster, UNITED KINGDOM
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Suzanne Healy

Director, Distance Education
Cleveland, OH, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Joanne Kossuth

Chief Operations Officer
Cambridge, MA, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Orlando Leon

Vice President for Information Technology and Chie
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Dolores Marek

Director, Academic Technology
Chicago, IL, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Trina Marmarelli

Director, Instructional Technology Services
Portland, OR, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Dan Mincheff

Chief Information Officer
Green Bay, WI, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Joe Moreau

Vice Chancellor of Technology & CTO
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Nela Petkovic

CIO
Waterloo, ON, CANADA
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Michelle Rakoczy

Associate Director Infrastructure & Operations
Bismarck, ND, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Jamie Reeves

Staff Liaison
Senior Product and Portfolio Manager
Washington, DC, UNITED STATES

@NinaTayar Reignier-Tayar

Director of Administratif Information Systems
Paris, 75, FRANCE
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Shana Sumpter

Director of Information Security
Richmond, VA, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Thomas Trappler

Associate Director, IT Strategic Sourcing
Oakland, CA, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Phil Ventimiglia

Chief Innovation Officer
Atlanta, GA, UNITED STATES
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Raimund Vogl

CIO
Munster, GERMANY
Committee Member: 2021-2022

Gina White

Director Technology Services
Lismore, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Committee Member: 2021-2022

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