My career journey has been a winding path that began in radio, live audio and advertising; branched into research computing, digital media, educational technology, learning systems, service delivery, master planning, innovation and technology leadership; led me to strategic consulting in K12, higher education, corporate learning and competency-based education; and now guides me into the transformative potential embedded within the deployment of cloud-based enterprise systems. Along the way, however, I have never lost sight one thing: people first, technology second.

For a detailed and chronological view of my professional career, please take a look at my profile on LinkedIn.

Biographical Sketch

Chad leads, advises, shapes and creates vision-aligned organizations, products and services that exploit technology to achieve human-scale goals. Rooted in a philosophy of “people first, technology second,” he guides organizations toward what’s possible, and leads people to learn, grow and achieve goals through human-centered design, process transformation and applied and emerging technologies. He is passionate about discovery and learning, and seeks ways to develop people and organizations to face unforeseen challenges and disruptions with the confidence to work through and partner with others to find paths to success.

Today, Chad is a member of the Strategy & Transformation practice within Collaborative Solutions, a Workday partner. He is a Senior Manager who works with companies and organizations to plan and prepare for the transition to cloud-based services and human-centered HR/HCM, Finance and academic (student lifecycle/SIS) processes and platforms.

Prior to joining Collaborative in 2018, Chad was an Educational Consulting Director and Principal Strategist for strategy and transformation at Blackboard. For eight years he worked with colleges and universities around the world, regional and statewide education systems and companies and organizations like IBM and NASA/JPL to extend and transform learning, reshape learner experiences and craft approaches to capture and share knowledge in scalable and sustainable ways.

For 18 years prior to the end of 2010, Chad was a technology leader at the University of Chicago where he last served as its Assistant CITO (CIO) and Executive Director for Campus & Academic Services. In a career that began in visualization, HPC and faculty support, he honed his focus toward crafting ways to make the most out of technology as perceived and experienced by consumers – shifting at the beginning from researchers to instructors and students and then ultimately to anyone who needed to get things done.

Guest Lectures

When I was involved in research computing and digital media at the University of Chicago, I was asked to guest lecture in two related graduate-level courses.

  • “The Art Historian in Multimedia & Visualization”
    (1995) Department of Art History, Humanities Division, University of Chicago.
  • “Techniques and Criticisms of Scientific Visualization”
    (1993) Department of Art History, Humanities Division, University of Chicago.


Early in my career, I had the opportunity to share my experience as an instructor. Below are a few examples.

  1. Graham School of General Studies
    (1998) Taught Creating Web Graphics with Adobe Photoshop. University of Chicago.
  2. Academic Computing Services
    (1993-1997) Taught Introduction to Photoshop, Using Photoshop for Visualization, Using Photoshop for Web Graphics, Introduction to HTML, Introduction to Pagemaker, Multimedia Basics I: Planning, Multimedia Basics II: Software, Basic Videography. University of Chicago.
  3. Incite Multimedia
    (1992) Taught Linear Video Editing Techniques. Abita Springs, LA.