President Todd began by introducing his guest speaker, Mr. Vince Kellen, Chief
Infonnation Officer, who joined UK in January 2009 from DePaul University. He lauded Mr.
Kellen’s expertise and enthusiasm for dealing with all parts ofthe university, including the
academic and the medical areas.
H. CIO Update on Infonnation Technology
Mr. Kellen thanked President Todd for asking him to speak about his area to the Board.
Within the past two years, much has happened regarding information technology at the
University of Kentucky. Faculty and student adoption ofthe university’s leaming management
system (Blackboard) has grown significantly, and faculty are quickly using the new lecture
capture system (Echo 360) and web conferencing systems (Adobe Connect pro) recently funded
by President Todd. In November 2010, the IT unit launched UK’s mobile application available
on iPhone, Blackbeny, and other mobile phones, with over 5,500 uses adopting. Use of wireless
devices is growing significantly on campus for academic and health care purposes. UK IT also
helps lead the development ofthe statewide networks KyRON and KPEN connecting
universities, working with the CPE. Continued leadership in this area is critical for extending
education and telemedicine across Kentucky.
Looking ahead, the IT unit is currently proceeding with several projects in an effort to
reduce the demand for computing services in the university’s on-premises data center through
"cloud services.” These projects include student email, enterprise systems, and high
perfonnance computing (HPC) cloud projects. The university expects electronic textbooks to
increase in use in the coming years, which will increase student demand for more wireless access
as many of these books will be read on iPad-like devices. Open educational content (free
electronic textbooks and course materials) are likely to grow as some state systems adopt open
content in an effort to reduce the students’ costs of textbooks. Funding and strong support by the
President, Provost, and the Executive Vice President for Fiscal Affairs have enabled this recent
progress in these critical areas.
I. President’s Report (PR 1)
After thanking Mr. Kellen for his presentation, President Todd had some good things to
discuss before moving to PR 1. He praised DanceBlue for its February 17 and 18 dance
marathon in which students raised $673,000 for the pediatric oncology children’s unit at the UK
Children’s Hospital. DanceBlue once again eamed a record amount for the benefit of the
children. President Todd asked representatives from DanceBlue to stand and receive a round of
applause from the Board.
The president also informed the Board that this Wednesday Kentucky satellite number 1
will go into orbit and will cany a proj ect into space which will orbit the earth and allow school
children to access it. Also, UK’s College of Engineering houses a command center for projects
connected to the Intemational Space Station. Individuals, including students in schools
throughout Kentucky, are allowed to suggest an experiment to be done in space, to access the
space equipment, and to communicate with the astronauts. A current project involving
nanoracks should receive some coverage that board members are likely to hear about.