From UB

As vice president for Information Technology and CIO of Ball State University (Ind.), H. O'Neal Smitherman has a knack for seeing the big picture before anyone else does. Smitherman keeps a close eye on smart classroom and distance learning technology.

RECENTLY I MET A FAMILY whose daughter was looking at Rhodes College. The family income was slightly above $20,000. Federal and state funding didn't provide the assistance necessary for the daughter to enroll.

I arrived in New Orleans last summer as only the ninth president of Dillard University, one of America's oldest historically black colleges. I could not imagine that, two months later, my campus would be under eight feet of water and my students relocated to institutions all over the country.

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