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Bosco leads technology summit in Australia

Dec. 10, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Dr. James Bosco, Western Michigan University's coordinator for the "Kalamazoo Promise," played a key leadership role at October's "Global Summit 2006: Technology Connected Futures" in Sydney, Australia.

Bosco's position paper, "Tools, Culture and Education: Past-Present-Future" set the focus for the entire summit. In addition, Bosco moderated a number of sessions and received top speaker billing alongside Robert Cailliau, co-developer of the World Wide Web.

The summit brought international and national educational leaders, thinkers and teachers together to promote the strategic development of technology connected futures related to such themes as e-learning in education and training, designing educational Web services, and emerging trends in a connected world.

Bosco came to WMU in 1965 and retired in 2004 as professor of educational studies and director of external technology affairs for the College of Education. This past March, he agreed to an initial two-year term as the University's Kalamazoo Promise coordinator. The Kalamazoo Promise is a privately funded scholarship program that awards full four-year tuition to any Michigan public college or university to graduates of the Kalamazoo Public School system.

While at WMU, Bosco held numerous administrative posts and led various educational technology initiatives as well as took part in several statewide education initiatives. Since retiring, he has been serving as a senior advisor for Michigan Freedom to Learn and co-chair for both the Consortium for School Networking International Committee and the World Bank/Consortium for School Networking International Symposium.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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