One of the harder things to do is to write about oneself.
Many years ago I went to college to seek a career in communications and media, but life took me down a different route and I’ve spent quite literally decades traversing the intersection of transformational technology, ubiquitous access, education and research, and digital media. I like to think of myself as a technologist and strategist, wrangler and leader, and a critical and creative thinker who examines multiple perspectives and topics to find appropriate ways to make things happen.
For my day job, I am a Principal Strategist within the consulting division of Blackboard. I focus on strategy, planning and solution design around program development, change management, learning technology, IT infrastructure, online learning, mobile technologies and services, and the development and evolution of an institution’s educational technology ecosystem. In short, I work with K12 districts to colleges and universities to statewide systems to help them best use technology to achieve their learning and teaching vision and goals.
Prior to moving to Blackboard in 2010, I spent 18 years at the University of Chicago where my last two positions were the Assistant CIO and Executive Director for Campus & Academic Services. In those concurrent roles, I reported to the Associate Vice-President and Chief Information Technology Officer for Information Technology Services, and as such, had the overall responsibility for technologies and services that directly impacted the research, teaching, and learning mission of the institution and supported campus life and staff activities of the university. Looking back, I covered a total of seven defined roles over my nearly two decades on campus, four of which were concurrent positions where I filled two separate roles at the same time.
In 2008, I became co-director of projectbamboo, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded cyberinfrastructure planning project for the arts and humanities. Along with David Greenbaum, Director of Data Services at the University of California Berkeley, we led a global effort to help institutions better enable and support innovation in arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences through the use of shared technology services. We thought maybe 50 institutions and about 120 people would be interested in participating but by the end of the first workshop, over 100 institutions and well over 600 people participated in the discussions. Working on projectbamboo taught me a lot about community-based collaboration and has firmly cemented the notion of community-source as a viable development direction.
Back in the early 1990s before my career in higher education began, I held full-time, part-time and internship positions in advertising, multimedia design, radio, television, and newspapers. In my spare time, I engineered live sound for concerts and events, and moonlighted as a technology consultant in healthcare, architecture and design, advertising and retail.
If you’d like to learn more about me, feel free to browse my profile on LinkedIn, peruse by biographical sketch, and explore additional details from my CV, which are beyond my resume and include articles and publications, guest lectures, invited keynotes and presentations, panels and roundtables, posters, presentations, professional development, projects and grants, review and advisory activities, teaching and training, and workshops and seminars.
Having worked in or around higher education for longer than I spent growing up in my childhood home allowed me to develop a rather interesting perspective on higher education and information technology in academe. As a result, some of my work-related interests include developing physical and virtual collaborative technology environments (which includes the relationship of people, technology and space), exploring new and non-traditional avenues for building inter-organizational relationships, and investigating personal, social, and shared technologies as alternatives to the desktop/server status quo. To put it another way, accomplish what my University of Chicago staff characterized in its overall unit vision – create an organization that balances stability with innovation. This notion is coupled with looking forward at what will impact us tomorrow and the continual organizational evolution that must occur to meet the set of challenges that will arrive the day after tomorrow.
My personal interests include film and video, music and audio production, photography (gear and kit, images and galleries) as well as tinkering with and driving around in my BMW roadster. Much of my digital media work (including my album, Before Time, on iTunes) can be found under Thirty Second Complex.
And yes, I am a fan of Star Trek and James “Scotty” Doohan is my favorite character in the series. I’m glad I had a chance to meet him. What a wonderful man.