Meet the Top 10 Panel

About the Top 10 Panel

The EDUCAUSE Top 10 Panel includes individuals from EDUCAUSE member institutions to provide quick feedback to EDUCAUSE on current issues, problems, and proposals across higher education technology. 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 technology and library leaders, and faculty. The group may occasionally include others with useful perspectives, such as leaders from other associations or non-technology 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 Top 10 Panel have two principal responsibilities:

Once each quarter, the EDUCAUSE Vice President, Partnerships, Communities and Research, convenes the Top 10 Panel for approximately two hours. In advance of each quarterly session, EDUCAUSE asks 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, 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 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 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 Top 10 Panel

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2025 Panel

Photo of John Augeri
Director Center for Teaching & Learning / UNIF
Photo of Kyle Bowen
Deputy CIO
Arizona State University
Photo of Lois Brooks
CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Photo of Michael Cato
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Bowdoin College
Photo of Andrea Childress
CIO and Assistant Vice President for Information T
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Photo of Deborah Dent
Jackson State University
Photo of Erin DeSilva
Senior Director, Learning Design and Innovation
Dartmouth College
Photo of David Escalante
Director of Computer Security
Boston College
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Vito Forte
Director & Chief Information Officer
Edith Cowan University
Photo of James Frazee
Interim Vice President & Chief Information Officer
San Diego State University
Photo of Marc Hoit
Vice Chancellor & CIO
North Carolina State University
Photo of Jared Johnson
AVP, Academic Technology & Customer Experience
The George Washington University
Photo of Wes Johnson
Executive Director Campus IT Experience
University of California, Berkeley
Photo of Ed Kelty
Finger Lakes Community College
Photo of Kristina Lillemets
Chief Digital Officer
University of Tartu
Photo of Jackie Milhans
Director, Research Computing and Data
Northwestern University
Photo of Michele Norin
Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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Brian Paige
Vice President for IT & CIO
Calvin University
Photo of Tracy Schroeder
Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer
University of California, Berkeley
Photo of Carrie Shumaker
Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Strategy Officer
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Photo of Lisa Trubitt
Assistant CIO for Strategic Communications
University at Albany, SUNY
Photo of Luke VanWingerden
Chief Information Officer
Tri-County Technical College
Photo of Don Welch
VP for IT and Global University CIO
New York University
Photo of Christa Winqvist
Aalto University
Photo of Tim Wrye
Executive Director of Information Technology Services and CIO
Highline College
Photo of Felix Zuniga
Campus Engagement Partner
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Staff Liaisons

Photo of Susan Grajek
Vice President, Partnerships, Communities and Research
Photo of Catherine Yang
Vice President, Digital Communications/Content and DEI Initiatives
Photo of Jamie Reeves
Director of Community, Product, and Portfolio Management
Photo of Connie Ferger
Senior Manager, Marketing

2024 Panel

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Vipin Ahlawat
Director of IT Services
Loughborough University
Photo of Midhat Asghar
Interim Chief Information Officer, Deputy Chief Information Officer
University of Southern California
Photo of Param Bedi
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Bucknell University
Photo of Eric Behrens
Vice President for Library and Information Services
Widener University
Photo of Tracey Birdwell
Assistant Director Center for Instructional Excellence
Purdue University
Photo of Susan Bowen
Vice President, Chief Campus Operations Officer
Durham Technical Community College
Photo of George Claffey
VP & Chief Information Officer
Central Connecticut State University
Photo of Sarah Cockrill
Sarah Cockrill
Director of Digital Strategy & IT
Coventry University
Photo of Mike Dieckmann
Vice President for IT & CIO
Florida Polytechnic University
Photo of John Fritz
Assoc. VP, Instructional Technology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Photo of Liv Gjestvang
Liv Gjestvang
Vice President & CIO
Denison University
Photo of Brian Henderson
CIO, Director of Digital & Information Services
University of Aberdeen
Photo of Jodi Ito
University of Hawaii System Office
Photo of Kelli Jackson
Director, IT Projects & Products
Coppin State University
Photo of Vince Kellen
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
University of California San Diego
Photo of Carolyn Lightfoot
Chief Information Officer
Lee College
Photo of Dale Pike
Associate Vice Provost
Virginia Tech
Photo of Mike Richichi
Assistant Vice President of Information Technology
Baruch College/City University of New York
Photo of Jim Russell
CIO and VP for Digital Strategy and Planning
Manhattanville College
Photo of Carol Smith
Chief Information Officer
DePauw University
Photo of Standish Stewart
Vice President and CIO, ITS
Cuyahoga Community College
Photo of Jenn Stringer
Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
J. Paul Getty Trust
Photo of Catherine Zabriskie
Senior Director Digital Learning & Design
Brown University