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Kent State Hosts the 2014 Ohio Higher Education Computing Conference

Posted Jun. 9, 2014

Kent State University hosted the Ohio Higher Education Computing Council’s 2014 Conference from May 21–23 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent. The theme for this year’s event was “Embracing the Cloud.” More than 300 information technology professionals attended the annual conference.

“Kent State was excited to host this important and valuable conference of IT professionals,” says Paul Albert, executive director of information services at Kent State. “At past conferences, I’ve enjoyed meeting colleagues from across the state, learning how they go about solving the issues they face, and having the opportunity to see and experience the different university campuses and communities.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Ken Spangler, senior vice president of information technology at FedEx Services and chief information officer at FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight Systems.
Spangler is responsible for coordinating all information technology services for FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Freight and FedEx Custom Critical in the U.S. and Canada.

Spangler embraces a collaborative approach, working across a large team. By emphasizing the creative and analytical abilities of team members, he keeps his team challenged and innovative. His inclusive approach to developing and implementing IT solutions reflects his philosophy: “There is no ‘they’ or ‘them,’ only ‘we’ and ‘us.’”

The Ohio Higher Education Computing Council was formed in the early 1970s to foster communication between higher education information technology professionals across the state of Ohio. Initially, the conference was focused on senior management at the core schools, but over the years was broadened to support the full range of IT roles.

At the annual gathering, computing professionals, faculty and others give presentations on topics ranging from current use and delivery of technology within higher education to future trends and prospects. Vendors and manufacturers of computing hardware, software, communications and networking devices and other technologies were invited to participate as sponsors and to exhibit and demonstrate the use of their products in higher education.

For more information about the Ohio Higher Education Computing Council’s 2014 Conference, visit

For more information about Kent State Division of Information Systems, visit