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2015-2016 Election - Corporate Nominees
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 President-Elect Candidate - Doug McCartney, Portland State University

Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Masters of Education in Educational Technology from The University of Toledo. Over the span of his career in instructional media and technology, Doug has held positions at Lake Region Community College (North Dakota), Bowling Green State University (Ohio), The College of Wooster (Ohio), Northwestern University (Illinois), Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho). In 2000, he accepted a position as Classroom Audio Visual Manager at Portland State University (Oregon). In 2006, he was promoted to Director, Instructional Technology Services and holds that position today.

Portland State University's Instructional Technology Services (a department in the Office of Information Technology) combines AV support (classroom and event), computer lab support, distance learning technology, campus lecture capture, and classroom technology design into a single organized unit to provide equipment, hardware, information, resources, training, and support to students, faculty, and staff. Recently, he completed a joint institution academic campus project with Oregon Health Sciences University. Doug is currently involved in two major campus technology projects, the relocation of the Graduate School of Education and the renovation and expansion of the School of Business Administration. Doug lives in NE Portland, near the Columbia River Gorge, with his wife and pets. She enjoys golfing, sports, hiking and spending quality time with his Brittany Spaniel, Sam and Tuxedo Cat, Junior.

STATEMENT OF INTEREST: In 1994, I attended my first CCUMC conference at Penn State University. My professional development choices took a different turn for several years, but in 2010, I rejoined CCUMC in Buffalo and realized how much I missed this outstanding organization which fulfills all my professional development needs and interests. The degree of camaraderie, ability to be with like individuals sharing common work experiences cannot be matched in any other instructional technology organization or professional development opportunity. The values of this organization have made me realize that I can make more of a contribution to CCUMC and actively participate in being both part of a rich historical past, but with a focus towards changes in instructional technology and the challenges that await us all.

Treasurer Candidate - John Fick, Life Member (University of Missouri, Retired)

 John retired in September 2012 after many years of providing administrative and fiscal oversight to the Academic Support Center, a technology support unit for the University of Missouri. John provided leadership to a full-time staff of 25 individuals involved in classroom design, installation and support; video production; teleconferencing and streaming; graphic arts and photography; media library and equipment loan; student media and language labs; and related activities.

STATEMENT OF INTEREST: I am interested in serving another term as Treasurer because CCUMC helped me develop my skills and become more nimble during a time when our profession began to experience rapid and continuing change. I first attended a CCUMC (then CUFC) conference in 1974 and I met colleagues who were eager to share their experiences and work toward solutions to common problems, not because they had to, but because they wanted to. Helping each other and our profession has always been the focus of CCUMC members. Over the years I have served CCUMC in many capacities, including ten years as Treasurer. I am familiar with the responsibilities of the position and believe my skills can benefit CCUMC. In addition to past service as Treasurer, I have also served as Secretary and as Director, and I have had various roles on many committees and task forces. In the past year I have chaired the Finance Committee and been a member of the Executive Office Management Committee, the Constitution & Bylaws Revision Committee, the Program Committee, and the FLEXspace Task Force.

CCUMC plays an important role in our profession and I want to contribute to the organization by helping CCUMC grow even stronger and more responsive to evolving member needs.

Corporate Director Nominees (One seat available)

William "Bill" Brown, BD Brown Communications

Bill is the President and CEO of BD Brown Communications LLC. He is a technology consultant that specializes in A/V systems legacy upgrades, while providing design, project specifications, project management and employee training for commercial and industrial clients. Bill was the Senior Media Events Specialist Elon University where he led a team of three event technicians, in addition to 30 student workers who supported instructors and presenters who use computers, video, and A/V technologies for campus events. He was responsible for Coordinating and participating in the setup, running, and breakdown of equipment for Campus wide events and Special Programs. Bill has been an active member of the Consortium Of College & University Media Centers and has attended a number of CCUMC Annual Conference starting in 2002, presenting in 2003, 2007 and 2012. He has served on the nominating and membership committee and also chaired the team who presented the successful bid for Elon University to host CCUMC’s Annual Conference.

STATEMENT OF INTEREST: I am interested in serving on the CCUMC Board of Directors as a Corporate Board Member for three reasons. One is to continue all the hard work previous Board Members have accomplished. Two, to strengthen the Institution/Corporate relationship by helping everyone recognize some shared values and concerns. And finally, take advantage of missed opportunities - CCUMC is a special organization full of special relationships. If we are willing, we can transform the corporate/institutional relationship, so we are not having conversations about the LISTSERV, but conversations about being trusted advisors. I’m willing. I need your vote to make it happen.

Robert Schmitt, Cochran, Inc.

The previous twelve years Robert represented Portland Community College as the Manager of Media Services and hosted the CCUMC national conference in Portland in 2005. He has been an active and engaged member of CCUMC since 2001. Along with hosting a conference Robert has given multiple conference presentations on Classroom Standards, Centralized Monitoring, Replacement Cycle Planning, and Unified Communications. Robert recently accepted a position as a Project Manager for Cochran Inc. and before that worked as the Regional Manager for The Chariot Group providing collaboration tools and training to the education community. His first act as a new employee of both companies was to make them active corporate members of CCUMC and to become their representative to the organization. Robert has been in the media industry for over twenty five years as a business owner, sound engineer, video production manager, and educational media manager.

STATEMENT OF INTEREST: I would love to serve again on the CCUMC Board of Directors as your corporate representative. I respect the organization and its purpose of sharing ideas and ideals that result in positive educational outcomes. CCUMC embodies the idea of collaboration between institutions and colleagues. The organization has always been insightful enough to embrace its community of suppliers that produce and provide the tools we all use and deploy as a part of our jobs.

The board of directors is charged with maintaining the high standards that the organization has always held while bending to change with the times. I have a true interest in the success of CCUMC and will continue to work hard to keep and perpetuate the idea of thought sharing within the membership. It is my desire to help continue the trajectory of success that CCUMC has known during my time as a member, and help to foster new members to be active and contribute to the organization.