Apereo Annual General Meeting and "Meet the Board"

A session at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai)

Tuesday 4th June, 2013

3:00pm to 4:45pm (PST)

Mandatory annual membership meeting per Foundation bylaws

About the speakers

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Ian Dolphin


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John A. Lewis

Chief Software Architect, Unicon Inc.

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Jim Helwig

Project Manager, Division of Information Technology

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David Ackerman

Associate Vice President for .edu Services

Dr. David Ackerman currently serves New York University in a dual appointment as Associate Vice President for .edu Services and Executive Director for Digital Library Technology Services. He oversees academic and shared computing services in Information Technology Services and the Digital Library Services in NYU Libraries. David has been at NYU for more than 20 years. During that time, he has also served as technology consultant to the Soros Foundations, Expert on Mission to the United Nations, the Founding Chairman of the Board of the New York chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-NY), and the Dissolving Chairman of the Board of the Sakai Foundation.. He currently sits on the Board of the Apereo Foundation.

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Douglas Johnson

Assistant Director

Doug Johnson is the Assistant Director for Learning Services at the University of Florida, which puts him in charge of the team that manages the course management system and other centrally supported online tools and systems adopted to support teaching and learning. Doug holds degrees in History (BA), and Theology (M.Div), Education (Ed.S) and Educational Administration (Ph.D.). He is also the coordinator of the international Mobile Sakai project and is honored to have been recently elected to the Apereo Board of Directors.

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Alain Mayeur

President of the ESUP-Portail Consortium

IT Director at the University of Valenciennes

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Robert Sherratt

Head of Student Experience

Robert Sherratt graduated from university with a BA in Geography and a Masters in Information Systems and has worked in higher education for twenty years in three institutions and a wide range of jobs. He has been at the University of Hull for the last fifteen years; his current role is Head of Student Experience working for Library and Learning Innovation. This is a departure from previous roles working in IT, moving away from responsibility for specifying and implementing the technology required to provide solutions to working with the users of the systems, particularly students and faculty, on what solutions should be offered.

Robert has also served on the Jasig Board and represented Jasic during merger talks with the Sakai community and is currently serving on the Apereo Board. He also has been acting as the Board liaison for the uMobile project helping lead the project through its successful Phase 1 and onwards to the just started Phase 2.

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Josh Baron

Senior Academic Technology Officer

As the Senior Academic Technology Officer for Marist College, Mr. Baron directs the office of Academic Technology and eLearning which is responsible for overseeing a wide range of instructional technology initiatives, including distance learning, faculty professional development, and learner support. He also plays a leadership role in strategic planning for the College in areas of academic and information technology. Over the past two years he has served as the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) which was funded through an EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges grant.

Mr. Baron was first elected to the Sakai Foundation Board of Directors in 2008 and re-elected for a second three year term in 2011. He has served as Foundation Board Chair for three years between 2009 and 2012. He is also a member of the Education Dynamics Advisory Board, one of the leading distance education marketing companies in the United States. Before coming to Marist, Mr. Baron was the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he helped lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Education technology initiative working both at the K-12 and college level. During this time he was also a member of the Stevens WebCampus initiative and developed one of the first Stevens online graduate courses.

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Shoji Kajita


Shoji Kajita is currently a Professor of Kyoto University in Japan with two appointments, one in the IT Planning Office, a part of the Institute of Information Management and Communication, and the other in the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. Professor Kajita received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Information Engineering from Nagoya University in Japan in 1990, 1992, and 1998 respectively. At Nagoya University, he served as a Research Associate in the Graduate School of Engineering from 1995 to 1997 and an Assistant Professor in the Center for Information Media Studies (CIMS) from 1998 to 2001. During his work at CIMS, he localized WebCT into Japanese and took the role of WebCT evangelist in Japan as a means of promoting the use of ICT for teaching and learning. From 2002 to 2008, he was an Associate Professor at the Nagoya University Information Technology Center, where he developed the Nagoya University Portal and a next-generation Course Management System for Japanese universities. Before joining Kyoto University in 2011, his most recent position at Nagoya University was that of an Associate Professor in the Information Strategy Office, a part of the university's Information and Communications Headquarters.

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Theresa Rowe

Chief Information Officer

Theresa Rowe is currently the Chief Information officer at Oakland University, a position she has held since 2002. Rowe has been at Oakland University since 1990, where she has served as a Senior Systems Analyst, the Manager of Student Information Systems and Director of Information Systems before stepping into her current role. Rowe is active with EDUCAUSE and other organizations focused on technology in higher education. Some of her project experience includes creating a ten year network plan, upgrading data-center facilities, implementation of two ERP systems, and implementing an open-source portal.

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Charlie Leonhardt

Chief Technology Officer at Georgetown University bio from LinkedIn

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Timothy Carroll

Technical Program Director at University of Illinois bio from LinkedIn

15 attendees

  • Charlie Leonhardt
  • David Ackerman
  • Doug Johnson
  • Ian Dolphin
  • Jim Helwig
  • Josh Baron
  • Matt Clare
  • Theresa Rowe
  • Patty Gertz
  • John A. Lewis
  • Robert Sherratt
  • Rob van Leeuwen
  • Seth Theriault
  • Shoji Kajita
  • Timothy Carroll

3 trackers

  • Bill Thompson
  • Karen McPhaul
  • Naoshi Hiraoka

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Time 3:00pm4:45pm PST

Date Tue 4th June 2013


Crystal Ballroom, The Westin San Diego

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