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Aaron Baillio – University of Oklahoma

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It doesn’t get any better than this on a Saturday night for the students working in the University of Oklahoma’s Security Operations Center in Norman: a bag of Doritos, a can of Red Bull and hours spent monitoring for computer alerts—the first step in stopping the bad guys. Three students are working as Tier 1’s […]

Ferrilli

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The future is already here. It’s just not very evenly distributed. So wrote William Gibson in 1993. A sci-fi writer of some renown, he is even credited with coining the term “cyberspace,” which, of course, is sci-fact. Anyway … Joseph Hemway, CIO and vice president of infotech at the Pratt Institute, is one to quote […]

Thomas “Tom” Jackson – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Life on the farm has always suited Tom Jackson, even as he’s made a career of ensuring students widen their horizons by building networks and technology in higher education. Now the vice chancellor of information technology and CIO at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Jackson and the school are riding a wave of […]

Rob Lowden – Indiana University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Rob Lowden started working at Indiana University in 1998, his work was very relevant to today’s world.  He started over two decades ago by advancing and developing online learning systems and course management, which made the transition to remote learning smoother when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. Lowden’s experience has informed the current […]

William (Bill) Hobbs – Hood College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Cyberattacks have become almost a daily aspect of life, both for individuals and for large companies and governmental entities. For CIOs serving academic institutions, the rise of remote learning has made the issue an even more pertinent and critical aspect of their mission. Case in point: myriad technical updates to infrastructure and technology CIO Bill […]

Tom Benton – Sierra College

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Throughout his career in IT and education, Tom Benton has connected students to information, but never was the delivery of education tested as much as during the COVID-19 crisis. When Sierra College in Rocklin, California, closed its campuses during the pandemic, Benton—the school’s chief technology officer—credits three initiatives for saving the day. Microsoft Teams + […]

Braden Bonner – La Salle College High School

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Even with the La Salle College High School campus idled after the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Braden Bonner was skeptical about a suggestion on how to use the school’s technology. “I was just thinking about keeping students learning and teachers teaching, and it sounded like the students wanted me to install […]

Brook Conner – Hawaii State Department of Education

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 2017, when Brook Conner came to work at the Hawaii State Department of Education, he knew his work was cut out for him. A major tipoff was that the department was using antiquated Lotus Notes, in some cases on SunOS—an operating system replaced in the ‘90s. Soon, he had filled a white board with […]

Brian Betteridge – Hill Top Preparatory School

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The air is charged with excitement. Kids tightly grip video game controllers, transfixed by monitors displaying showdowns between Nintendo gaming icons like Mario, Donkey Kong and Pokemon’s Pikachu. The characters in the kid-friendly video game don’t knock each other out, just off the stage and out of bounds. And all of this is happening … […]

Sherri Yerk-Zwickl – Campbell University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Every time CIO Sherri Yerk-Zwickl looks at the recently completed student union at Campbell University, it reminds her of the progress being made in the school’s IT Department. That includes many things, from 74 upgraded classrooms to a new phone system to the new Information Technology Advisory Committee that oversees tech across the three campuses. […]

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