The last few years have been tumultuous, perhaps the most turbulent in the history of higher education. Stress-tested by the pandemic and grappling with confounding new developments and trends, higher education is in motion. The previously slow-but-steady pace of technology change–captured in traditional technology adoption curves–at times seems to have been replaced by one “pivot” after another.

While some long simply to return to pre-pandemic rhythms, EDUCAUSE has consistently suggested that the current mix of new realities creates an opportunity for the evolution and, ideally, the transformation of post-secondary institutions powered by technology innovation and technology professionals.

Along with this Digital Transformation, there is another transformation happening as some campuses move to re-imagine their campus culture to focus on new ways of caring for their employees and their students. Each transformation is crucial, and together these transformations contribute to the greater good more than either one alone. In this keynote presentation, EDUCAUSE president John O’Brien will make the case for taking intentional steps to develop a campus culture of care.

Keynote Speaker

John O'Brien

EDUCAUSE | President & CEO

John O’Brien is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, an international nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through technology innovation. Throughout his career in higher education, John has served as a leader in technology, academics, and institutional leadership. He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a college provost and president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the fourth largest higher education system in the United States with over 375,000 students. Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as the system’s senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs. John holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana University, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.

Session Recording

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