Sarah Chaloner, Institute Director
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.
Mike is currently Chief Digital Officer, Swansea University, UK. He was previously CIO at the University of Sydney and 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.
Eion has proven expertise in and a passion for leading and implementing business change for improved organisational performance. He has brought about positive business change for organisations ranging from small private enterprises to large multinationals. Successful projects led by Eion have varied in size from small continuous improvement initiatives to enterprise-wide change. These projects have had a wide-ranging focus including strategy development, technology-enabled change, organisational development, business planning and reporting, health and safety, inventory management and process improvement.
Eion currently holds the position of Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; is the Chair of the Universities New Zealand ICT Committee and a member of the CAUDIT Executive Committee.
He holds a MBA (Distinction) gained from University of Waikato, and has received a number of notable awards for Project of the Year, Project Management, Excellence in Leadership and Collaboration.
Kerrie is currently CIO at Flinders University, and has worked in the IT industry in various sectors including banking, Utilities, Federal Government and Higher Education for the last 30 years. Kerrie previously acted in the CIO role at the University of Adelaide and has been responsible for the implementation and development of the continuous improvement culture and improved delivery at the University of Adelaide.
She has a passion for implementing progressive methods to improve IT delivery and is a strong supporter and builder of positive cultures. Kerrie has previously worked as Director in the Application Services area for the Department of Human Services and Business Manager for British Gas in the United Kingdom. Kerrie currently sits on the 100% Project board and is on the board of the Adelaide University Council. Kerrie has held office on the CAUDIT Executive Committee since 2018.
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.
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.
Michael Cato (US Faculty member)
Michael Cato is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (SVP and CIO) at Bowdoin College, USA. Michael is a current faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and former faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute.
Serving as SVP/CIO at Bowdoin College, one of the country’s oldest and most well regarded liberal arts colleges. Reporting to the president and as a member of the President’s Senior Staff, the SVP/CIO facilitates all aspects of information technology strategy, fosters innovation, and guides the institution to discover new ways to use technology to support its mission. I'm honored to serve with a dynamic leadership team and talented staff with the expectation to foster conversation and create a vision that defines Bowdoin’s digital future in teaching, scholarship, constituent engagement and operations.