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Marist Academic Technology Head to Moderate "Virtual Leadership Summit"

POUGHKEEPSIE - From reducing costs to increasing graduation rates and improving student outcomes, IT plays a large role in all of today’s important discussions about the future of higher education. 

Marist Senior Academic Technology Officer Josh Baron will co-moderate Campus Technology magazine’s Virtual Leadership Summit, a web-based leadership-intensive program designed specifically for CIOs and other campus IT leaders to explore key issues and strategies facing higher education on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ron Danielson, Vice Provost and Chief Information at Santa Clara University, will also co-moderate the event, which is free, but requires registrationCampus Technology logo

"Being invited to help moderate the Campus Technology Virtual Leadership Summit speaks a great deal to the national leadership position Marist College holds with regards to the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness," said Baron.

Baron will moderate two sessions. “Analytics: a Growing Imperative,” will cover the adoption in higher education of data analytics now commonplace in banking and commerce. Baron currently leads a team developing an open analytics platform to track student outcomes under a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/EDUCAUSE.

“Digital Media and New Instructional Models” will focus on topics including MOOCs, the massive open online courses offered by new ventures like edX, whose partners include the likes of Harvard and MIT, and Coursera, founded by two Stanford University professors.

Marist Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Thirsk said, "I value having senior leaders on my staff who are sought after for events of this stature, as it provides both a venue to showcase the innovative work Marist is doing while also helping other institutions learn from our experiences."

The virtual event continues the discussion among CIOs and institutional decision makers that was started at the 2012 Campus Technology Executive Summit in July, for which Baron served as lead moderator.

Marist College Office of Media Relations, (845) 575-3174.