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CIO Chris Kielt and Professor Todd Taylor present at Adobe conference

On December 19, 2017, Chris Kielt, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, and Todd Taylor, Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, gave the keynote address at Adobe’s Worldwide Sales Conference (WWSC) in Las Vegas.




The annual event brings together more than 5,000 Adobe global individuals to discuss accomplishments from the past year, hear the new goals for Adobe, and celebrate successes. This was the first time in the history of Adobe in which an educational institution was highlighted on the main stage at the event.

During their 30-minute presentation at WWSC, Kielt and Taylor discussed how UNC-Chapel Hill, as part of its commitment to promote digital literacy, partnered with Adobe in Fall 2016 to provide Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise licenses to students and faculty. That rollout has been tremendously successful, with students and instructors embracing these vital digital tools.

Specifically, Kielt and Taylor explained the genesis of the Adobe and UNC-Chapel Hill partnership, showed examples of the extraordinary work being done by students, and what the Adobe partnership has brought to the University. In addition, Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, and Matt Thompson, Executive Vice President, Adobe Worldwide Field Operations, presented Kielt with special recognition for the work Carolina is doing with Adobe.

“Adobe is a standard across industries, and Adobe Creative Cloud complements our curriculum so we can promote digital literacy across disciplines at UNC,” Kielt said.

The ability to clearly communicate information and ideas is essential to any career, whether someone is explaining scientific findings at a conference, creating internal workflow guidelines, or trying to close a sale. And in the modern world, the ability to communicate through digital mediums is more important than ever.

Every student receives access to Adobe Creative Cloud. This encourages students to develop their own websites, design flyers for campus events, and create engaging class presentations. Because students can work with Creative Cloud apps anywhere, they can experiment, solve problems and build skills that will serve them in their future careers.

Chris Kielt and Todd Taylor presenting at the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference, December 2017 in Las Vegas

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