Canton man appointed to Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees
POTSDAM - A Canton man was one of two people appointed to the Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees at the board’s spring meeting.
SUNY Potsdam alumni and Justin Sipher '92 and Adebisi Oje '12 were both elected to serve on the Foundation Board, helping to foster giving in support of their alma mater.Sipher of Canton also earned his bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics at SUNY Potsdam, and went on to complete his master's degree in instructional technology at his alma mater as well. He spent 24 years working in higher education IT, including 18 years as the senior-most IT executive at three institutions, including SUNY Potsdam (from to 2000 to 2005), Skidmore College (2005 to 2012) and most recently at St. Lawrence University (from 2012 to 2018), where he served as vice president. In 2018, he founded Justin Sipher Consulting LLC to assist the educational community in advancing the strategic use of technology to support teaching, learning, research, student success and business operations. Beyond organizational and technical assistance, Sipher is passionate about leadership development within the profession, serving as a consultant for Internet2 and spending most of his professional time as a leadership coach with MOR Associates, the premier comprehensive leadership development program serving the higher education IT community.
Oje of San Antonio, Texas, is a Director of Sales at WANdisco. After earning her bachelor's degree in both computer science and mathematics from SUNY Potsdam, she went on to complete her MBA at Cornell University. In her role at WANdisco, she is responsible for leading a high performing global team of senior sales leaders. She recently left Microsoft, where she was a sales leader responsible for revolutionizing banking as we know it, leading key banking customers to drive more value by leveraging Microsoft's capabilities in the data and AI space. Oje also has experiences leading Microsoft's partnerships with strategic software companies and won multiple awards for leading digital transformation with her partners. Before joining Microsoft, she worked for financial companies such as Goldman Sachs and Barclays, building technology that helped the companies become more efficient. Oje is the founder and CEO of Africode, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship to up and coming Africans in tech.
Longtime member Gary Hind '77 of Niskayuna, N.Y., was also named trustee emeritus, in recognition of his years of service to the board and to his alma mater.