University of Florida Vice President and Chief Information Officer Elias Eldayrie was recently named to the board of EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education. Eldayrie began his four-year term as a director-at-large with the association in October 2018.
"EDUCAUSE is an organization I strongly believe in. I have seen first-hand the positive impact it has had on higher education policies and direction," Eldayrie said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the national conversation on the strategic role of IT and something that I am extremely grateful to be able to do."
EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association that helps higher education elevate the impact of IT, brings IT leaders and professionals together to tackle challenges and leverage opportunities that are constantly evolving within higher education. The association’s goal is to lead, manage, deploy, and use information technology to advance higher education.
“EDUCAUSE works to advance higher education through technology innovation, said President and CEO John O’Brien. “The intersection of higher education and technology innovation is a dynamic place, and EDUCAUSE seeks strategic guidance from our exceptional board to help us best serve the 1800+ colleges and universities we serve.”
Eldayrie’s active service to the organization includes being a member of the EDUCAUSE Hawkins Leadership Roundtable, co-chairing the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Councils (HEISC), participating on the EDUCAUSE Information Technology Governance Risk and Compliance Program (IT-GRC), and being a member of the EDUCAUSE 2017 Program Committee.
Eldayrie joined the University of Florida in May 2010. Since then, he has been a champion of UF’s rise to five, leading efforts to enable faculty and students through world-class IT. These efforts include partnering with campus to deliver a world-class research computing environment: Empowering faculty with HiPerGator, the state of Florida’s first supercomputer, which went live in 2013; and creating a FISMA compliant and a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) compliant environment for highly secure research. Together, these services enable opportunities for discovery and funding/sponsored research, attracting top scholars and the best graduate students from around the globe. Other major efforts thus far in Eldayrie’s tenure include the infrastructure and course development expertise to assist UF Online, ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report for fully online bachelor’s degree programs; connecting the university to the Internet2 innovation platform, expanding the campus Wi-Fi network, and substantial investments in the university’s teaching and learning and administrative systems infrastructure.