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 of data, research, and analytics, 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 of Data, Research, and Analytics 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 Ten 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

Sharon Blanton

Sharon Blanton
Vice President and CIO
Ewing, New Jersey
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Raechelle Clemmons
Chief Information Officer
Davidson, North Carolina
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017

Stephen diFilipo

Director, IT and Platform Integration
Austin, Texas
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
CIO
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Vice President for Information Technology & CIO
Baltimore, Maryland
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017

Susan Grajek (Ex Officio)

Susan Grajek
Vice President, Data, Research, and Analytics
1150 18th Street NW
Suite 900
Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES
(202) 331-5350
Committee Term: 2011
Klara Jelinkova
Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officer
Houston, Texas
UNITED STATES
(720) 406-6769
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Jim Julius
Faculty Director of Online Education
Oceanside, California
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Vanessa Kenon
Assistant Vice Provost Information Technology
San Antonio, Texas
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Kathy Lang
CIO
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017
Chris McCoy
Chief Information Officer
Fayetteville, Arkansas
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Susan McHugh
CIO
Gardner, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
Gainsville, Florida
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Sacramento, California
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Landon Pirius
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Mark Roman
Chief Information Officer
Vancouver, BC
CANADA
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Senior Director of User Services
Notre Dame, Indiana
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Patricia Schoknecht
CIO
Winter Park, Florida
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Joshua Singletary
Chief Technology Officer
Albany, New York
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Justin Sipher
Vice President, Libraries & IT
Canton, New York
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Richard Sluder
Vice Provost for Student Success
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Angela Svoboda
Associate Vice President for Digital Effectiveness
Austin, Texas
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Rene Thatcher
Director, Services and Outreach
Canton, New York
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
Sheri Thompson
IT Planning and Communications Officer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
David Weil
Interim Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017
David Weil
CIO
Riverton, Wyoming
UNITED STATES
Committee Term: 2017 - 2017

Catherine Yang (Staff Liaison)

Catherine Yang
Senior Director, Content
282 Century Place, Suite 5000
Louisville, Colorado
UNITED STATES
(303) 544-5671
Committee Term: 2011

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