General Manager at Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Nonprofit Organization Management
Albany, New York
Current Employment: Open Source Initiative (OSI), UMassOnline
Previous: University of Massachusetts, UMassOnline; SUNY Delhi, State University of New York
Education: University of California at Davis; Empire State College; Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
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I have over 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions supporting Information Technology within the higher education and non-profit sectors, including as: Chief Technology Officer at the University of Massachusetts, Office of the President; Chief Information Officer at The State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi, and currently; General Manager of the Open Source Initiative.
My professional experience has focused on the development, implementation and management of enterprise technologies supporting highly distributed organizations, by facilitating agile, collaborative communities of practice, where innovation emerges through incremental and iterative practices.
I have written and presented extensively on Information Technology, Agile Project Management and Open Source Software. I am a current member of the Apereo Foundation Advisory Board; Chair, EDUCAUSE Openness Constituent Group; former Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the SUNY CIO Council; co-founder of Jasig’s 2-3-98 project; and, “SIG Master” for NERCOMP’s Open Source in Higher Education.
Areas of Interest
Agile Project Management, Educational Technology, Iterative & Incremental Design, Online Education, Open Source Software, Open Communities of Practice.
Formed in 1998, The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope raising awareness and advocating for the benefits of open source, while building community among constituencies within the open source movement. The OSI is the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD), and as such, the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant. The “Open Source Initiative Approved License” trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.
As General Manager, reporting to the OSI Board of Directors, Patrick’s responsibilities span all organizational and operational activities including: budgeting and planning; member recruitment and community development; fund-raising; coordination and management of public communications and events; technology contracting and infrastructure, as well as; the administration and management of OSI sponsored initiatives, such as the Working Group process, partnerships and Board committees.
As Special Advisor to UMassOnline, Patrick provides strategic, operational and organizational consultation to the University of Massachusetts’ Office of the President and UMassOnline regarding issues and projects related to the development and delivery of education online and the technology which supports it.
Chief Technology Officer
University of Massachusetts, UMassOnline
April 2010 – November 2013 (3 years 8 months)
UMassOnline, the University of Massachusetts’ distance education division, offers one of the largest accredited e-learning programs in the country. Founded in 2001, UMassOnline realized over $85 million in revenues in 2013, 45,000+ enrolments, while serving 90,000 students. The consortium operates in conjunction with the five UMass campuses, business units throughout the University, as well as other Massachusetts-based colleges and universities.
As CTO, Patrick was responsible for the discovery, development, deployment and management of UMassOnline’s technology infrastructure enabling educational access online across the system and state.
Provided oversight, leadership and vision for SUNY Delhi’s IT department, Campus Information Services including: enterprise/desktop applications, data centers and technical labs, server/systems administration, networking & telecommunications, online/distance learning, traditional press and digital printing, as well as user support, such as help desk services. SUNY Delhi is is one the sixty-four campuses of the State University of New York, and one of eight technical colleges. The residential campus of over 3,000 FTE offers diverse technology-focused 4-year and 2-year degrees as well as 1-year certificate programs.
Responsible for leading technology design, development, deployment and maintenance for The State University of New York Learning Environments’ (LE) enterprise level projects including SUNY’s system-wide e-learning platform, The SUNY Learning Network (SLN). SLN is a twinned CMS/LMS providing authoring, administration and delivery for totally-at-a-distance and blended courses serving 100,000+ enrollments, 4000+ courses and 3,500+ faculty annually.
Responsible for a variety of services, strategies, policies, and procedures, in response to emerging technologies/techniques and faculty/staff educational interests. Oversee all Information/Instructional Technology projects and services, including: distance learning, computer graphics and design, multimedia presentations, internet/intranet development and advanced computing to meet educational objectives, deadlines and budgeting.
Research and development of visualization and modeling software to analyze medical images and contribute to research activities as well as diagnosis, treatment planning and patient care. Use a variety of applications, environments and languages to develop and maintain new computer-aided diagnosis techniques and image analysis algorithms for CT imaging. Program medical image segmentation, feature extraction, and pattern classification algorithms for delivery on a variety of platforms. Perform and document validation testing of computer systems according to an SDLC. Provide troubleshooting and support for users.
Designed and developed high-impact graphic art and scientific visualizations within a multi-discipline medical/scientific environment using traditional and computer based techniques in the creation of medical & scientific illustrations for textbooks, scientific posters, journals, lectures, computer-driven presentations. Created computer generated images using visualization techniques and technologies for CD-ROM the Internet and WWW. Developed educational and UCLA School of Dentistry specific Internet & WWW applications.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Agile Development
- Your Career: The New CIO, First Year Shock and Awe, Campus Technology Magazine
- Developing an SOA at SUNY; Lessons Learned, JISC e-Learning Forum
- Rebuilding the LMS for the 21st Century, Campus Technology Magazine
- Wikis, Blogs & More, Oh My! Campus Technology Magazine
- How Will Students Communicate, Inside Higher Ed Magazine
- Open Source Software: Should You Bet Your Career On It?, Campus Technology Magazine
- New Community Founded To Help Schools Exploit Open Source, Campus Technology Magazine
- Selecting and Implementing a Course Management System for Your Campus, EDUCAUSE Live!
- Technology During an Economic Crisis: The Benefits of Open Source, WVIZ PBS ideastream
- 7 Questions to Ask Open Source Vendors, Campus Technology Magazine
- Open Governance in Higher Education: Extending the Past to the Future, Educause Review
- Building the Agile University, EdTech Magazine
- An Agile Approach to Managing Open Educational Resources, On the Horizon
- Unbolting the Chairs: Making Learning Management Systems More Flexible, eLearn Magazine
- Barriers to the Adoption of Open Source: Personal and Professional Observations, Terra Incognita
- SLN2.0 Whitepaper, SUNY Whitepaper
- Featured Speaker, 2012 SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology
- Panel Speaker, 2012 Campus Technology Magazine Executive Summit
- Where Do I Send My RFP? Procurement in the Age of Open and Cloud Services WCET
- Creating Agile Organizations, NERCOMP
- Panel Speaker, IT Governance, EDUCAUSE National Conference 2010
- Panel Speaker, CIO Evaluation of Open Source. Austin MoodleMoot 2010
- Featured Speaker, Opening Education, 10th Annual Sakai Conference
- Featured Speaker, The Anchor Store: Four Killer Confluence Examples to Root Your Deployment, 2009 Atlassian Summit.
- Featured Speaker, Open Source in Higher Education. Open Source Software Forum. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Previous Life as a Medical Illustrator:
- Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology
- Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
- Local Anesthesia of the Oral Cavity
- 7 Things You Should Know About Agile Development, Educause 7 Things You Should Know Series