Keynote Speakers

Opening Session, Monday, October 8, 2007:

Bob Clougherty is Fulbright Scholar who is nationally recognized as an expert in e-Learning and Web Applications. Clougherty serves in many roles. He has been recently appointed as dean of the SUNY Empire State Collegeís Center for Graduate Programs, having served for the past five years as Tennessee Tech University's Director of Advanced Computing Technology Institute and director of Tennessee's Web Design Program. At Tennessee Tech, he also founded the Institute for Technological Scholarship. In his new position at Empire, he oversees the collegeís five masterís programs, including two Master of Arts degrees in policy, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). In addition to his technical accomplishments, Clougherty is also an award-winning author, poet, and an authority on Irish history and culture.

Closing Session, Wednesday, October 10, 2007:

James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Virginia, is a national expert on information technology policy and an advocate for strong collaboration between academic and technology cultures in a university environment. Hilton is a dynamic speaker who addresses the "disruptive impact of technology" within the university culture. Hilton understands the academic enterprise and the challenges and opportunities facing higher education. He is a three-time recipient of the LS&A Excellence in Education award.