January 24, 2017 – E&I Cooperative Services is pleased to welcome Keith Fowlkes as the new Vice President, for the technology category.
In this new role, Keith will serve as an entrepreneurial leader in the development and continued operation of the Cooperative’s technology contracts. His responsibilities will include identifying and developing new contract business opportunities.
Keith has been in higher education for nearly 25 years, serving in administrative, academic, and consultative roles. He currently serves as Chief Information Officer at Centre College in Danville, KY where he was tasked with the strategic development and management of information technology for the college. He is a frequent writer and speaker on strategic planning, information policy, and emerging technologies. Keith is also a contributing writer for InformationWeek Education and the ACUTA Journal. In addition, Keith is the cofounder of The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium (HESS), which is a member-owned consortium focused on collectively lowering cost and fostering collaboration between colleges, universities, and technology ERP companies.
Keith received his B.S. in Business from the University of Tennessee and his Masters in Information Management and MBA with honors from Webster University of St. Louis, MO.
“Keith brings a proven track record of success through his technical skills in systems analysis, design and implementation, as well as his years of developing strong, secure, and flexible technology environments with computers, networks, mobile devices, and cloud services.” said Tom Fitzgerald, CEO of E&I. “We are positive his talents will raise the visibility and credibility of E&I in the educational community, as well as help further establish us as thought leaders in the technology arena.”
E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement platforms and consulting services to help them source effectively. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,000 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. The Cooperative’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards.