Founder and Chief Executive Officer, brightspot strategy
Elliot founded and leads brightspot, a consultancy that is transforming the higher education experience with smart strategy that connects people, programs, and places – on campus and online – to increase student success, improve research support, and enable staff productivity. Elliot is an accomplished strategist, facilitator, and sense-maker who has helped transform over 75 colleges and universities. Elliot is a frequent speaker on reimagining higher education, having presented at more than 50 conferences including EDUCAUSE, NACUBO, SXSWedu, SCUP, and Tradeline. He has written dozens of articles in publications such as Planning for Higher Education, the Journal of Learning Spaces, Library Journal, EDUCAUSE Review, and in Touchpoint: The Journal of Service Design.
Jerry U. Guerrier
Director, Design & Construction, Wake Technical Community College
Jerry U. Guerrier, RA brings more than 25 years of experience in design, construction, and project administration to the Wake Technical Community College’s leadership team. Jerry Guerrier, an architect and designer, is the Director of Design and Construction. He oversees planning, design, and construction on all capital improvement projects, including new buildings, repairs and renovations, and campus infrastructure.
Guerrier is committed to quality: “I will strive for greater proficiency in project management and land planning, while working to anticipate and solve any problems that may arise.”
Prior to coming to Wake Tech, Guerrier held several leadership positions at UNC-Chapel Hill, including Assistant Director for Facilities Planning and Design. During his 14-year career at UNC, he supervised 82 projects totaling $1.7 billion. He has been employed as a designer, project manager, and architect for firms in New York and North Carolina, ultimately becoming president of his own architecture firm, based in NC.
Guerrier holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology. He is licensed in North Carolina and is a LEED-Accredited Professional. Guerrier is a graduate of Leadership Durham and the University Leadership Education and Development (ULEAD) program. He and his wife and two daughters live in Durham, where he is involved in church and community activities.
Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University
Deborah Jakubs is the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University. Prior to her appointment in 2005, she served as the Director of Collections Services, the founding head of the International and Area Studies Department, and Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke. As Visiting Program Officer at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), she launched the Global Resources Program, a joint initiative of ARL and the Association of American Universities (AAU), and directed it from 1996 until 2002.
Jakubs holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an M.L.I.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American history from Stanford University. She is an adjunct associate professor of history at Duke.
She has been a consultant to library systems in Chile and Turkey, as well as in the U.S. She has served as Director and Associate Director of the Consortium on Latin American Studies at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, and was a founding member of the steering committee for the Program for Latin American Libraries and Archives, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered for nearly twenty years by Harvard’s Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
Jakubs is a past president of ARL and current chair of the Board of OLE (Open Library Environment). Jakubs has published on library management, global libraries and area studies, international education, and Latin American studies. Her scholarship has focused on the social history of Latin America, immigration to Argentina, and the history of tango.
President, Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects + Planners
As principal and primary author for the planning process, Tom brought 30+ years of experience to the process.
Head, R.B. House Undergraduate Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Suchi Mohanty has been the head of the R. B. House Undergraduate Library, part of the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2012. She leads a team offering 24-hour service, student-centered learning spaces (formal and informal), information and digital literacy programs, and print and media collections in a dynamic library setting. Suchi works closely with campus partners to offer programming to foster information literacy development through co-curricular programming, most recently piloting the popular Adulting 101 series.
Department Head, Learning Spaces & Services, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
David Woodbury is the Department head, Learning Spaces & Services for North Carolina State University Libraries where he manages specialized learning spaces, including the Learning Commons in D. H. Hill Library and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. He participated in the planning and implementation of a new roaming public service model for the Libraries. He served as the project leader of the NCSU Libraries Mobile site and is leading several technology initiatives including a 3D printing space and an extensive technology lending program. Prior to NCSU, Woodbury was Project Manager of Bot 2.0, an NSF funded project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Metadata Research Center and the North Carolina Botanical Garden.