Technology and Mission

Tuesday, April 10, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

As the rate of technological progress continues to increase exponentially, colleges and universities are attempting to keep pace, learning how to harness or coordinate these sweeping changes to advance educational objectives. Incremental improvement is not going to be satisfactory or sustainable in an environment that has created new kinds of learners who possess dramatically more advanced technological sophistication than their teachers and administrative leaders.  The future is here and it is very different from the past as technology changes not only the delivery of education itself but the very way we think and make judgments, and, perhaps, the nature and form of education itself.

Adam F. Falk
President, Williams College

Adam F. Falk became the 17th president of Williams College in April 2010. A fellow of the American Physical Society whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, he joined Williams from The Johns Hopkins University, where he served at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences as the James B. Knapp Dean and earlier as dean of the faculty. [more]



Kevin M. Guthrie
President, ITHAKA

Kevin M. Guthrie was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and Ithaka (2004). JSTOR and Ithaka merged in January 2010 to form a new organization (ITHAKA) with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. [more]



Daniel R. Porterfield
President, Franklin & Marshall College

Daniel R. Porterfield became Franklin & Marshall College’s 15th president in March 2011. Since joining F&M, he has strengthened support for faculty scholarship and launched new initiatives to broaden access to low-income and first-generation college students and enhance the holistic student experience. Prior to his appointment, he served as senior vice president for strategic development at his alma mater, Georgetown University. [more]