Judges

  • Meet the Judges

    Learn about our esteemed panel of judges who will help us honor the higher education institutions with the most impactful and innovative cloud solutions. Nominations are evaluated based upon criteria including number of students impacted, cost savings, and improved IT performance.

Ron Kraemer

Ron Kraemer is CEO of Kraemer and Associates. From 2010-2018 he served as the vice president and chief information and digital officer at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining Notre Dame, Kraemer was a member of the leadership team of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, most recently serving as its chief information officer and vice provost for information technology.

As vice president and chief information and digital officer, Kraemer led all aspects of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies, including a staff of more than 250. He oversaw information technology (IT) infrastructure that supports the entire campus community, development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the University’s teaching, learning, research, engagement and business activities, and establishment of a governance structure to plan for future IT service needs across campus.

Gordon Wishon

Gordon Wishon is the recently retired CIO at Arizona State University, providing leadership for the University Technology Office, responsible for providing technology services and support to ASU’s more than 90,000 students and 10,000 faculty, staff, and researchers. Gordon previously served as CIO at the University of Notre Dame and for the Georgia Institute of Technology. At ASU Gordon served on the Arizona Data Governance Commission, the Arizona IT Authorization Committee, chaired the Board of Directors of the Sun Corridor Network, and was active with both EDUCAUSE and Internet 2. In 2004 he was selected as one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, and was awarded CIO magazine’s CIO100 award for innovation in information technology in 2005 and again in 2008. In 2013, Gordon was selected as one of Information Week magazine’s Top Five CIOs. In 2014 he received the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award, EDUCAUSE’s highest award. In 2017 Gordon was voted into CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame. Since retiring from ASU at the end of 2017, he has served as an advisor to several technology startups and as an independent consultant working on projects for university clients and consulting firms.

Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien is an experienced communication, technology and project management professional. He currently responsible for management of Internet2’s NET+ program working with a group of cloud technology subject matter experts to support member needs in business and contract negotiations; technical service validations; and product roadmap and relationship management with leading cloud technology companies. At Internet2 since 2014, Sean was perviously responsible for a portfolio of infrastructure, platform and collaboration services in the NET+ program.

Prior to arriving at Internet2, Sean worked at Merkle, a technology-enabled performance marketing agency, as a project manager responsible for new client technical onboardings and major corporate IT projects. Earlier in his career, Sean worked for several years at the University of Mary Washington developing and leading the IT project management office and serving in various roles as a direct report to the chief information officer.

Sean holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington, where he is currently an alumni board member, and a master’s degree from Gonzaga University.

Keith Fowlkes

Keith Fowlkes is the Vice President, Technology Category for E&I Cooperative Services. He is a veteran Chief Information Officer and is a co-founder and board member of the Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium (HESS). Keith is a frequent speaker and contributing writer on technology topics in education. He can be reached at kfowlkes@eandi.org.

Derek Masseth

Derek Masseth serves as chief technology officer. Masseth leads the development of the VP, Information Strategy & University Libraries overall technology strategy and oversees day to day operations for infrastructure, enterprise applications and research computing teams.

Masseth has served as senior director of cloud services and senior director for infrastructure and client services. Masseth has over 20 years of experience building, maintaining, and growing production IT environments.