Chatham News

Dr. Esther Barazzone published in new book on use of technology in higher ed

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
January 6, 2010

(January 7, 2010) … Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. was among ten presidents selected to contribute a chapter to “President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II” published by SunGard Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges and released this week at the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidents Institute in Florida.

In the book the Presidents try to answer a fundamental question: How can colleges and universities use technology to improve the business of higher education while still honoring their respective missions? The technologies considered run the gamut from social media to cloud computing to analytics. Dr. Barazzone’s chapter, “Using Technology to Further a Culture of Innovation,” cites examples from Chatham’s experiences with its new Eden Hall Campus and Chatham Eastside among others. All ten chapters of Volume II were distributed to CIC members at the January 2010 CIC President’s Retreat held earlier this week and are now available on-line A print edition will be released in the near future.

President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume I, which addressed the strategic role of technology in transforming institutional operations, was published by SunGard Higher Education in 2005.

President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, Volume II features chapters written by CIC member presidents based on their direct experiences with technology. Jacqueline Powers Doud, Ph.D. president of Mount St. Mary’s College; Marylouise Fennell, Ph.D., former president of Carlow University and Senior Counsel at CIC; and Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., president of Bethany College, collaborated on the project. The foreword is by Dr. Richard Ekman, President of CIC.

The chapters authored by presidents include:

• “Beyond the Board Book: Internet Communication With Trustees” by Theodore E. Long of Elizabethtown College (PA)
• “To Improve Institutional Performance, Aim High and Go ‘BI’” by Larry Goodwin of The College of St. Scholastica (MN)
• “Technology and Students: ‘Call my Cell’” by Richard Artman of Viterbo University (WI)
• “Advancement: Connecting to Constituencies Inside and Out” by Christopher R.L. Blake of Mount Mercy College (IA)
• “Leveraging Technology to Increase Enrollment, Capacity, and Revenues” by Arthur Kirk of Saint Leo University (FL)
• “Standing Out in a Crowd of Peer Institutions: Leveraging Your IT Investments and People for Routine Innovation” by Kevin M. Ross of Lynn University (FL)
• “The Battle to do More with Less Takes a Turn for the Worse” by Kevin Manning of Stevenson University (MD)
• “The Role of Portals in Higher Education” by Michael Victor of Lake Erie College (OH)
• “Top Ten Things Presidents Should Avoid if Innovation is to Thrive” by Esther Barazzone of Chatham University (PA)
• “Retaining Learners…An Institutional Initiative” by Ruth Knox of Wesleyan College (GA)

Founded in 1956, CIC is an association of independent colleges and universities working together to:

• Support college and university leadership
• Advance institutional excellence
• Enhance private higher education’s contributions to society
CIC continues its steady membership growth and now serves over 600 independent colleges and universities, including liberal arts, comprehensive, four-year, two-year, and international institutions. Nearly 70 national, state, and regional organizations are Affiliate Members.

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Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit