The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium

HESS Announcements & Events

The HESS Consortium News

      • What do you use in your work-at-home setup?
        [click here to watch a quick video]

      • NEW COVID-19 Discussion Group created for HESS Members
        [click here to view the forum now]

      • Article: Massive Operational and ERP Risks in the COVID-19 Crisis
        by Keith Fowlkes, Executive Director - The HESS Consortium
      • [click here to read this article now]

      • Don't forget to post your questions and experiences to the new discussion group or our member listserv groups.  Stay in touch during this crisis. We are better together!


Welcome our THREE new HESS Consortium Board
of Directors Members!

      • Ezra Krumhansl, Spalding University, Chief Information Officer will join Eric Satterly (Bellarmine University) as the new co-chair for the HESS Ellucian Colleague Cohort Group.
      • Maria Piret, Lynn University, Director of Information Systems will join Spencer Golden (Haverford College) as the new co-chair for the HESS Workday Cohort Group.
      • Todd Norris, Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN.), Chief Information Officer will join the HESS board of directors as our new member-at-large.

Congratulations to these new leaders in service to our private, non-profit member institutions!

HESS Webinars for 2020

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past webinar recordings

MAINSTREET DBAs: Is Your Organization Truly Data Driven?
on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00am ET
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In this webinar, MainStreet will explore the importance of proactively managing your database environment.  We will also discuss how organizations are using SQL Server Reporting Services, a d PowerBI to develop  reports that helps them make faster, more informed decisions.  MainStreet will also give an overview of what they can do for your campus in helping to manage your database environment through their world-class services.  Don't miss it!

Popcorn RFP: Modernize your RFIs & RFPs
on Friday, March 27 at 11:00am ET
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Struggling to make purchasing knowledge available in your organization? Want to avoid reinventing the wheel? Join this webinar to learn how you can create RFIs and RFPs that conform to your standards in a fraction of the time you spend today. Popcorn RFP will give a hands-on demo of their software-as-a-service solution and discuss the ways they are helping the higher education community collaborate more effectively on these important procurement documents, resulting in improved efficiency, less frustration, and more meaningful vendor engagement.  

For more information about Popcorn RFP, visit their website at today!


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he Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium or "The HESS Consortium" is a 501c3 non-profit, membership-run organization. The HESS Consortium is focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration between specifically private colleges and universities in the area of administrative systems and services.

The HESS Consortium is made up of chief financial officers, chief information officers as well as technology and finance directors in a diverse group of schools committed to finding efficiencies and cost savings by working with other like-minded institutions. Together, we realize that, throughout the country, private college/university Chief Information/Technology Officers (CIO) and Chief Business Officers (CBO) are mutually charged with providing mission critical administrative services in an environment of almost flat, if not decreasing, net revenues. We are asked to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative software services and related information technology to meet the increasing needs of diverse users while minimizing the resources used.

Together, we are working in lockstep with our Presidents to determine how our tasks can best be accomplished, what marketplace options may be available to better meet out needs, and what innovative solutions are being implemented in our sector across the country.  One thing is clear.  Together, we are stronger.  Learn more about our goals and how to join the HESS Consortium by clicking here.

Our Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium member institutions are:

 Our partnering state and national associations include: