With the introduction of BlogHighEd, many of you may not know much about me. So on Matt’s suggestion, allow me to formally introduce myself:
My name is Mark Greenfield and I am located in Buffalo, NY. I work full time as Director of Web Services at the University at Buffalo. In addition, I work as a consultant assisting organizations in developing strategies that leverage the full potential of emerging web technologies. I also frequently give speeches and presentations at a wide range of higher education conferences and meetings. Here is a list of my upcoming speeches and presentations, along with a link to my full biography.
I was recently asked by a conference organizer to sum up who I am and what I do in 10 seconds, a tag line of sorts. My answer was that I am interested in “shifting paradigms in the age of exponential change”. Whether it’s higher education in general of web development in particular, our basic assumptions may no longer be applicable and need to be continually re-examined.
A couple other things about me not in my biography:
- I am still a competitive tennis player and participate in USTA league play
- I am the proud owner of a rescued German Shepherd/Siberian Husky. See Rafe’s story from an earlier post
- I am an avid music fan who continually wonders what has happened to rock music over the past few years. After a long layoff, I am back using last.fm
- I am the proud parent of a millennial-aged daughter who never ceases to amaze and inspire me. (Yes – I am definitely a helicopter parent.)
I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and learning from the collective intelligence of the higher ed web community. If you see me at a conference, be sure to say hello.
Nice to meet you Mark! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and usually find myself passing info along to our web people.
You have an awesome dog btw.
Jeremy – I’m happy to hear you’ve been following my blog. Rafe is a great dog. He absolutely loves the snow which is a good thing given where we live.
Still a competitive tennis player? What is your NTRP rating? I am a 4.5 but my new playing partner is a 5.5 (played on University of Florida’s tennis team years ago). It’s nice to be humbled after years of thinking I was pretty good.
In fact, every time I travel for marketing related conferences I usually hook with someone from the area. Tennisopolis is a website that helped me find these total strangers.
In regards to being a helicopter parent, I really am one. I fly helicopters almost everyday.