CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As the founder and CEO of OculusIT, Ajit Singh leads the company as one of the largest providers of IT managed and cloud services in the higher education business. With more than 14 years of experience in the IT industry, Ajit works closely with his team to drive technological transformation in the Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) in the US and Canada.
Ajit founded the company in 2003, which now serves over 500 clients in over 35 states and 5 countries. Prior to this, he has successfully served as the senior technologist for Remote Infrastructure Management Services at Ellucian®. Earlier in his career, he has also worked with Oracle® Corporation and was the first member to be certified with Oracle Diagnostic Methodology. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and daughter.
EDUCATION: Ajit holds a bachelor’s degree of engineering in computer science and is a proud alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Scott brings more than 30 years of Higher Education experience as an innovative technology professional in managing and executing high-level IT and business systems implementations. As the VP, Client Engagement at OculusIT, Scott demonstrates excellence in developing multi-level account relationships that facilitate the execution of end state visions. He has significant experience in project management, ERP implementations, customer relationship management, and services sales, having worked with hundreds of clients globally.
Most recently, he served at Ellucian as the Director of Client Solutions for the western region, leading a team of client partners throughout the western US and western Canada.
Scott lives in Monroe LA, enjoys traveling the world, and spending time with his two grown children and two grandchildren.
EDUCATION: Scott holds a MBA and BBA degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
VP, Customer Success
Les has more than 20 years of experience in higher education having worked for 4 colleges and for a higher education business/solution provider. As the SVP of Client Engagement, Les oversees the Client Engagement team and ultimately customer success. Les also works with the marketing team to drive the OculusIT brand and represents the company at client meetings and events. Les has served as a CIO, CTO or Director at Vermont Law School, New England Law School, Newbury College, and Wentworth institute of Technology. Les also worked for Datatel (currently Ellucian®) on the software development team prior to moving directly into higher education.
Prior to working in higher education, Les was in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State serving as Communications Officer in Burkina Faso, Belgium and Trinidad & Tobago. While in West Africa, Les worked or visited multiple countries including Gabon, Mauritania, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire, The Gambia, and Senegal. After 6+ years in the Foreign Service, Les worked 6 years as a State Department contractor supporting the software development and delivery of the visa issuance system.
Les lives in the western suburbs of Boston, MA. He has a Bachelor of Science from UMUC and an MBA from Nichols College.
J. J. WIDENER
Seward County Community College, Kansas
Joshua J. Widener, the CIO at Seward County Community College, heads the advisory council for OculusIT. Being a resourceful IT strategist, he helps the higher education industry understand information security risks and how to manage them effectively. His areas of expertise include empowering governance, security and risks, infrastructure and operations, and leading organizations through digital transformation.
At the executive level, he helps with IT strategic planning, systems and network management, and aligning technology solutions with the missions and values held by the organization. His responsibilities at SCCC include serving as the CISO, Chair of the Data Governance Team, Executive Team Member, and the main point of contact for any IT related issues.
EDUCATION: Joshua has earned his MBA in Information Assurance from Fort Hays State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business for Computer Information Systems.
Anjli is the Founder & Chairman of Campus Consortium, a global consortium of 2000+ colleges and universities and a Managing Partner at EVC Ventures, a $50 million Chicago-based venture capital fund. As a female tech entrepreneur, investor and social activist, her goal has always been to inspire and support entrepreneurs who are interested in revolutionizing the way the world learns.
She was on the Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Forum at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio and has been on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland YWCA and other tech-based entities.
In 2011, she was the recipient of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club’s Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers Award. Currently she supports organizations such as the Chicago Foundation for Women and Inspiration Corporation which helps assist girls, women, and those affected by poverty and lack of opportunity to improve their lives and provide them the necessary support.
EDUCATION: Born in India and raised in the United States, Anjli attended the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York City and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Norwich University, Vermont
With more than 11 years of experience in higher education management consulting, Jason currently serves as the Director of Administrative Computing and IT Service Management at Norwich University.
EDUCATION: He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Vermont Technical College and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.