Brian L. Hawkins is currently President of EDUCAUSE,
a professional association of more than 1850 colleges
and universities, dedicated to transforming higher
education through information technologies. This organization
was formed in 1998 as a result of the consolidation
of Educom and CAUSE, the two premier technology associations
in higher education.
Prior to accepting
this position, he was Senior Vice President for Academic Planning
and Administrative Affairs at Brown University. In this capacity,
he had responsibility for academic planning, management of the instructional
budget, campus computing, enrollment management, institutional research,
summer programs, admission, financial aid, and student registration.
Hawkins went to Brown in 1986 as Vice President for Computing and
Information Services. In 1989 he filled in as Senior Vice President
for Finance and Administration, and then was appointed Special Assistant
to the President for Academic Planning while he spearheaded Brown's
strategic planning processes. In 1997 he served as part of a three-person
team filling in for the President of Brown University.
Before going to Brown,
Hawkins was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Drexel
University. At Drexel, he was responsible for general academic planning,
and was responsible for the academic program that was the first
in the nation to require access to a microcomputer, and to integrate
the use of technology throughout the curriculum.
He is a management
professor by training, and is the author of one book and many articles
in the area of organizational behavior. He received his Bachelors
and Masters degrees from Michigan State University and his Ph.D.
from Purdue University. He taught at The University of Texas at
San Antonio, and served as Department Chairman and Assistant Dean
of the College of Business there. His organizational work focused
on organizational structure, conflict management, communication,
and performance appraisal. He earned tenure as a member of the faculty
at both UTSA and at Drexel.
Hawkins has served
as a consultant to more than 350 organizations, combining his academic
and business experience. In 1983 the Governor of Pennsylvania asked
him to initiate a corporate, industrial, public, and educational
partnership in Southeastern Pennsylvania to create start-up companies
and develop new jobs. This program is still thriving nearly two
Throughout his career
Hawkins has served on a variety of boards and committees. He is
currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of
Richmond; is on the Board of Directors for the Forum on the Future
of Higher Education; and serves as a member of the Washington Higher
Education Secretariat. Hawkins has served as a member of the Consortium
on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) General Assembly and as chair
and member of the EDUCOM Board. He has served in various capacities
as board member for CAUSE, the Coalition for Networked Information,
and the International Consortium for Educational Computing. Additionally,
Hawkins has been a member of higher education advisory boards for
Apple, IBM, NeXT, Sun and Microsoft, and has served on more than
sixty advisory panels for various colleges and universities.
Hawkins has written
extensively, including three books, many articles, book chapters
and monographs in the area of information resources, academic planning,
and the use of technology in higher education. His most recent book,
which he co-authored with Patricia Battin, is titled "The Mirage
of Continuity: Reconfiguring Academic Information Resources for
the 21st Century."
He has received two
honorary doctorates of science degrees. In 1991 Hawkins was the
recipient of the CAUSE ELITE Award, a lifetime achievement award
for Exemplary Leadership and Information Technology Excellence.
He has served actively on accreditation teams as a chair and member,
as well as the standards committee for North East Association of
Schools and Colleges. He has been an invited speaker at professional
meetings including the American Association of Higher Education
(AAHE), Educom, CAUSE, the Society for College and University Planning
(SCUP), the American Association of Publishers (AAP), the Association
for College Research Libraries (ACRL), the National Association
of College Stores (NACS), the National Association of College and
University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the National Association
of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).