Michael Kirby-Lewis, Institute Director
Michael Kirby-Lewis (‘Kirby’) has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. He studied Computer Science at Canterbury University, Christchurch (NZ) and his Masters at UNSW. Kirby has also undertaken Executive programs at the Harvard Business School.
Kirby has worked in the Health, Manufacturing, Distribution, Consulting and Education industries within both the Public and Private sectors. Kirby’s background is in Application Development, User Training and Project Management.
Kirby has 20 years’ experience in the Education industry (Schools, Vocational and Higher Education).
Kirby worked at the University of NSW from 2002 to 2016 and was their CIO from 2007-2016. As UNSW’s CIO, he focused on closer alignment of IT with the core Teaching and Research needs of the University. Kirby was involved in a number of University sector forums or initiatives, including the CAUDIT Executive (Secretary 2011 - 2014, President 2014 - 2016), Intersect Board, AARNet Advisory Committee and Chair of the Greater Sydney Basin Network Project Board.
Currently Kirby is CIO for GP Synergy which manages the placement, supervision and conducts training of medical doctors in order to attain their post-graduate qualifications and practice certification.
Sarah is the Head of ICT at UTS: Insearch in Sydney. Insearch is an organisation that designs and delivers pathway programs for International Students. Sarah has been in leadership positions for over 20 years both in the UK and in Australia with the last 18 years in HE. She is proud to have established an award winning Service Desk team in the UK and has been in pursuit of excellence in every role she has undertaken. Sarah ran her own business for 5 years where she developed a strong sense of personal accountability which she feels is the key to successful leadership in any role. Sarah was a co-author of the Blended Learning Strategy at University of Wolverhampton, where she was not only Associate Director of IT but also a Lecturer in the School of Computing and IT and also a student.
During her time in HE, Sarah has developed a passion for learning space design and has been involved in learning space projects for over a decade. CAUDIT invited her to lead 2 learning space tours across Australia and she was responsible for initiating and leading the drive for learning space transformation at the WesternU including leading the development of the Technology Masterplan for WesternU’s new vertical campus in Parramatta. Sarah led a significant cultural shift within IT Services including swapping roles with the Senior Manager, Infrastructure Services in 2014 achieving a significant service uptick in less than a year. Sarah led the development of Western’s first digital strategy which used student talent in its development and presentation. Sarah joined UTS:Insearch just 1 week before the start of the CLI in 2017. She is delighted be part of the CLI Faculty having been a participant in the course in 2010 and is very much looking forward to spending time with the faculty and participants later this year.
As Vice President, Corporate Services (COO) at Flinders University in South Australia, Mark Gregory holds responsibility for a wide range of professional services including the University Library, Information Technology, Finance, HR, Buildings and Property, Legal and Risk, and professional staff within all academic areas. Prior to joining Flinders University Mark was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of University of Adelaide, a leading Australian Go8 research university. Originally from the US, Mark has served previously as the Associate Vice President of Portland State University, in Oregon, where he provided leadership for IT (including as CIO), Facilities and Property, Sustainability, Student Housing, Parking and Transportation, Planning and Economic development and other university business ventures.
Mark's background also includes starting and running a technology services firm, and working as a technology leader in commercial software and non-profit organizations, he has also been involved in commercial real estate development and sales. Mark holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Psychology. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate level business courses in systems design. Mark has also done aid work supporting technology deployment in schools and libraries in the US, Guatemala and Ecuador. He has also been actively involved in various sustainability and alternative energy technology efforts.
Mike is currently CIO at the University of Sydney. He was previously CIO at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln in the UK. He has also filled senior leadership, IT and education roles at the UKs National College for School Leadership, Defence College and Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. He is a retired Royal Air Force Officer.
Mike has run cross-higher education shared services and has served in various boards. He has a strong interest in educational technology, with particular expertise and experience in learning analytics and flipped learning.
He is a graduate of Nottingham University, the Defence College UK and Open University.
Jill Benn (Librarian Faculty member)
Jill Benn has significant experience in the leadership and delivery of library services in the higher education environment. She is currently the University Librarian at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Jill has led several key initiatives at UWA including significant library refurbishments, improved outcomes for researchers and for students. Jill has reshaped library services and implemented significant changes aimed at improving the student experience. She is focused on partnership, collaboration and client engagement as a key strategy to develop and improve libraries.
In addition to serving as a Faculty Member for the Council of Australian University IT Directors (CAUDIT) Leadership Program, Jill is currently a member of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Executive Committee, serves on the International Association of University Librarians (IATUL) Board, and is a member of the Knowledge Unlatched Steering Committee. Her expertise has been recognised through invitations to present at national and international conferences and she has demonstrated reflective practice through a number of publications.
Gene Spencer (US Faculty member)
Gene Spencer is the Chief Information Officer at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania USA. In that role, he leads both the library and information technology organisations during a period of significant transformation. Major initiatives are focused on creating the “Library of the Future”, developing a comprehensive strategic plan for information technologies and resources, establishing critical partnerships with the President’s Cabinet as individuals and as a team, and creating a collaborative organisational culture in a merged IT/Library setting.
Previously, Gene worked as an independent consultant serving the higher education information technology and library communities, focusing on areas of organisational effectiveness, organisational design, leadership development, work redesign, effective partnerships, high-quality customer service, collaboration between IT and library organisations, and synergies between people, information, and technology. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Gene held the position of Associate Vice President for Information Services and Resources at Bucknell University (a merged IT/Library setting).
Gene was a member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute Faculty for four years (2004-2007), serving for the last two years as its Director. Gene is a Frye Fellow from the class of 2001, and he served on the Frye Institute faculty in 2006 and 2007. Gene also co-leads an EDUCAUSE pre-conference session (at the annual conference) on Becoming a Successful Technology Manager
Linda Jorn (US Faculty member)
Linda Jorn serves as Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Director of Academic Technology (AT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her role as a Director she leads a team of ninety-five academic technology professionals and fifty students that provides a suite of fourteen services to campus and the University of Wisconsin System (twenty-six higher education institutions). In addition, she serves on DoIT’s strategic leadership team helping to design efficient, yet flexible organizational structures and teams that can quickly respond to transformational changes. In her role as Associate Vice Provost, she works with campus academic leaders to set campus strategic priorities around educational innovation and leveraging technology to help students succeed.
Linda has worked in the Academic Technology field for twenty-six years, previously working at University of Minnesota. Linda has served on several EDUCAUSE teaching and learning committees; most recently as faculty and co-director of the Learning Technology Leadership Institute Program and faculty for the Senior Directors Seminar.
Linda has a twenty-six-year history of publishing and presenting about the impact of technology on teaching and learning with over one hundred twenty presentations, nineteen grants, and eighteen publications. She is dedicated to an interdisciplinary intellectual approach to her work and draws on key theories and practices from such disciplines as education, rhetoric, communication, qualitative research, and leadership. Linda applies a daily leadership philosophy towards achieving excellence that stays grounded in her values and passions and her belief that collaboration, partnerships, mentoring, and transparency are keys to success.