Chief information officers and information technologists from across New York State convened at the Colleges for a forum on information technology in higher education.
August 5, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart and William Smith Department of Information Technology hosted a State of New York Higher Education CIO Forum Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3. Lectures and discussions were held on topics ranging from benchmarking IT spending, the role of the CIO, and infrastructure needs for next-generation campus designs to the top 10 management and technology issues for CIOs and lessons learned about IT disaster recovery near the World Trade Center.
The keynote speaker, retired Lt. Gen. Jack Woodward of the United States Air Force, spoke on “IT Strategy for Success.” Gen. Woodward is a member of the Hobart Class of 1968. He was the deputy chief of staff for communications and information and CIO for the armed forces. As such, he was responsible to the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff for strategic plans, doctrine, policies and architecture, and for standards for communications and information systems in the Air Force. He was the functional manager for more than 100,000 communications and information professionals in the Air Force.
Other speakers included David Smallen, vice president for information technology at Hamilton College; Max Henry, a member of the Hobart Class of 1978 and CEO of Hummingbird Leadership; Christopher Di Minico, vice president and CTO for the Cable Design Technologies Corporation; Stefanie Cavallo, senior program director for Gartner Group; John Roese, CTO for Enterasys Worldwide; and Frank Monaco, vice president and CIO at Pace University.
“Our goal was to conduct a forum that would allow participants to listen to experts in the leadership field, and to bring new ideas, new collaborations, new relationships, and new ways of thinking about the role of CIO/IT leadership in higher education,” said Brian Young, vice president and CIO at the Colleges.
Major sponsorship for the forum was provided by Enterasys Networks and Gateway Computers.