Candidate Biographies

Candidate Biographies - CoHEsion Board Election 2017

Bobbie Brown

Bobbie Brown
Texas Tech University

Bobbie Brown

I believe that membership and significant participation in professional organizations allow people to grow as individuals. CoHEsion is a professional organization that has allowed me to grow not only as an individual, but as an employee of the Texas Tech University Registrar’s Office. I have met many colleagues from around the United States who have proved to be essential when I have professional questions. Some of these colleagues have become close personal friends. The CoHEsion conferences are important because they allow us all to communicate with each other regarding the issues we all face on a daily basis.

I have been involved with CoHEsion since 2004. I have served as conference track chair, program chair, and conference chair multiple times and have presented at and moderated many sessions for CoHEsion. Having served on the CoHEsion Board since 2007, I understand the unique relationship CoHEsion and related vendors enjoy as well as the opportunities that may be afforded to CoHEsion members and member institutions.

I would be honored to be re-elected to serve on the CoHEsion Board of Directors. I look forward to bringing to CoHEsion my professional knowledge and skills in recognizing leadership potential in others and providing opportunities to CoHEsion member and member institutions.


Linda Griffin

Linda Griffin
Washburn University

Linda Griffin

Linda Griffin is an IT professional with almost 30 years of experience in higher education at Washburn University located in Topeka, KS. In that time, Linda has been part of the implementation of many new IT processes, systems, databases, and applications. She understands multiple systems and has developed the ability to work through the problem-solving that comes with implementing, maintaining and supporting them.

Linda has been involved with CoHEsion (formally known as SETA) from 2002 to the present. She has been an attendee, a track chair, a vice-program chair, and a program chair. She has enjoyed being part of the conference and is dedicated to making sure the content is cutting edge and current for all the different areas. Linda understands that one must resist becoming stagnant or rigid in order to thrive in higher education in general and IT in particular. She enjoys the challenge of continuously learning new things.


Larry Holder

Larry Holder
University of Tennessee at Martin

Larry Holder

Larry Holder has worked with Banner at The University of Tennessee at Martin as a senior developer and database administrator since its implementation in 1997. Larry has been with UTM for 30 years, with six years prior experience in IT at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. An active member of the DBA community, Larry has presented numerous times at Ellucian and CoHEsion conferences, and participates regularly on the bannerdba list, which is now hosted by his institution. Larry was a charter member of the Banner Community Source Initiative, and chaired the Banner Technical Review Committee, as well as serving on the initial Board of Directors. Outside of IT, Larry is an independently published singer/songwriter.