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People of Color in Higher-Ed Information Services: Experiences, Perspectives, and Strategies (a Leadership Ecosystem webinar panel)

Michael Cato

Michael leads Information Technology (IT) strategy and operations at Bowdoin College, widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost liberal arts institutions. He joined the college in March of 2018 with 17 years of experience in Higher Education IT having served in IT roles at Vassar College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael is an EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute faculty member, a mentor for the State University of New York (SUNY) CIO Leadership Academy, a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), an Educause Leading Change/Frye Fellow, an alum of Leadership North Carolina, and serves on the board for the American Institute for the Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Northeast Computing Association (NERCOMP). He holds a B.S. in Zoology from Andrews University and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Michael loves to learn, read, travel, eat, occasionally cook, and with his wife Heather is raising a totally awesome toddler son.


Bohyun Kim

Bohyun Kim is the Chief Technology Officer and Associate Professor at University of Rhode Island Libraries. Formerly, she was Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library and one of the four founding librarians of the Florida International University Medical Library that opened in 2009.

Bohyun is the author of two books, The Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations (ALA TechSource, 2013), and Understanding Gamification (ALA TechSource, 2015).  She has published many articles and given numerous invited/peer-reviewed presentations on a variety of topics related to library technologies and their impact on libraries.

Bohyun was invited to the Expert Panel for the 2017 NMC Horizon Report (library edition), currently serves on both the Advisory Committee for the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) of ALA (American Library Association) and the Advisory Group for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and is the President-Elect/President for Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) for 2017 – 2019.

Aixa Pomales
Aixa Pomales is the Director of IT Support Services at Swarthmore College. In her leadership role which includes 12 FTE and 30 student employees, she values building strategic partnerships, mentoring and inspiring others through the development of goals and policies that support potential and growth. Aixa currently serves as key member of Swarthmore’s Faculty Staff Development Committee, which is tasked with planning and implementing professional development workshops and programs for the campus community.

As a former member of the diversity and inclusion committee, Aixa continues to be dedicated to providing a work environment that prioritizes fairness and respect. She has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and enjoys reading about current trends in student success and professional development.


Michael Reed

Michael Reed is responsible for building on efforts at Bowdoin College to produce an even more inclusive campus community while promoting greater diversity among students, faculty, and staff by race, ethnicity, religion, economic background, first-generation college student status, gender, sexuality, disability, and differing political perspectives, among other measures.

Before coming to Bowdoin in 2018, Michael served as vice president, institutional initiatives at Dickinson College, where he was also chief diversity officer and deputy Title IX officer. His primary focus was guiding and coordinating institutional efforts to increase inclusion, diversity, and equity within Dickinson and in the broader community. From 2006 to 2014, Reed served as vice president and a member of the senior leadership team at Williams College, his alma mater. He established Williams’s Office for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity and helped implement a plan for expanding institutional inclusion and diversity, working with stakeholder groups including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the board of trustees to help articulate, develop, and implement strategic approaches to diversity.

Michael cofounded the Liberal Arts Diversity Officer (LADO) consortium, a vehicle for chief diversity officers working in liberal arts settings to collaborate and learn from one another, and to provide leadership in implementing and publicizing effective diversity strategies in higher education. Twenty-eight liberal arts colleges are now LADO members. He also established and led Consulting Works, LLC, where he conducted culture change and diversity workshops for clients both domestic and international, including educational institutions, nonprofits, and local and federal governments.


Stan Waddell

Stan Waddell, a senior information technology leader, joined the University of New Hampshire in May of 2015 as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In this role, Dr. Waddell oversees the university’s central IT organization, with a focus on ensuring that UNH IT continues to be positioned to meet the rapidly growing challenges and changes facing the university and higher education. Stan also works closely with other University System of New Hampshire CIOs to identify ways of sharing IT services across campuses to provide cost-effective service excellence.

Prior to joining UNH, Stan worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure/Operations and Communications with the Information Technology Services department. He also served as Chief Technology Officer. During his time in this role, he was responsible for major wireless network coverage expansions, Enterprise Resource Planning infrastructure deployment, implementation of technology refresh programs for information technology infrastructure, and numerous efficiency improvement efforts. Prior to UNC-Chapel Hill, Stan served as Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he coordinated all information security-related activities for the Medical Center, the University and its two hospitals, Zale and St. Paul University.

Stan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has held the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential. He holds a graduate certificate in information assurance from Nova Southeastern University, a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance. In addition, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.


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