Private, Non-profit Colleges & Universities working together to

Lower Technology Costs

The HESS Consortium is a community of practice for private institution CIOs, CFOs and technology professionals working together to lower costs and work together to optimize operations through collaboration.

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The HESS Consortium of private institutions

Private, non-profit colleges & universities working together in technology

HESS is a quickly growing group of private, non-profit colleges and universities committed to working together in a community of practice for CIOs, CFOs and technology professionals. Being a part of HESS means that our technology community is available to back you up with experience and expertise for specifically private institutions.

Deadline for Early Registration

The 2024 HESS Consortium National Conference on November 4-6, 2024 is the best and most affordable conference in the nation for private, non-profit member institutions! We have technology leaders and professionals from many functional departments this year! Early registration will close August 1, 2024.

We are very excited to return to our conference location at the historic, riverfront Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY. All events and sessions this year will be in the new West Wing of the Galt House Hotel Conference Area. The Galt House guest rooms and meeting / dining spaces are all newly remodeled and are located within a short walking distance to many great attractions including The Speed Art Museum, The Mohammad Ali Center, The Louisville Slugger Museum and many downtown shops and restaurants. The Galt House has 6 restaurants for accompanying family and friends and is connected to the KFC Yum Center Arena.

Our conference schedule features meetings with executives from all of our enterprise system partners, demonstrations of their software solutions and the business partner showcase, introducing you to new products and services from our HESS Consortium Business Partners and Affiliates. Most importantly, there will be lots of time to engage and network with other CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, and technology professionals from as well as other professionals from finance, human resources, and academic leadership from U.S. private, non-profit colleges and universities.

Click here for information on the 2024 HESS Consortium National Conference and register today!
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Join Us TODAY!

If you are a private, non-profit college or university in the U.S., we invite you to join our growing group of member institutions in working together

Private Institution Members
Founded by CIOs
Student FTE Represented
Discount & Contract Agreements
Special Projects

Current HESS Projects

Our members work together to not only strengthen relationships with our business partners but help to inform & change industry practices in technology for the good of private, non-profit higher education.

The HESS Collective Program

The HESS Collective Program is a program partnership with Oracle and Drivestream to bring members an affordable, modern and cloud native enterprise administrative software solution with best pricing, plan, terms and conditions in the nation.

Ellucian HESS Success Program

The Ellucian HESS Success Program aids institutions in mapping their journey to the Ellucian SaaS environments of Banner & Colleague. The program includes free discovery process, maintenance credits for current customers, HESS-specific renewal rates & dedicated on-demand training for HESS institutions.

Special Contract Agreements

HESS has over 40 business partners in technology from security services to hardware purchases. With our new strategic partnership with The Coalition for College Cost Savings & E&I, special contracts with major OEM and resellers are available to HESS member institutions with CDW-G, D2L, Paymerang, and many more.

Members working together…

What our members say about HESS…

Our member institutions across the U.S. constantly praise the HESS Consortium for bringing the best strategic minds together to discuss the most concerning issues facing private, non-profit higher education technology operations in best-practices, contracts, management and innovation. Our members are what makes HESS the world-class community of practice it is today.

    Trey Arrington
    Trey Arrington

    Wofford College

    The HESS Consortium has been beneficial in my role as a higher education administrator. It has created the avenue to build relationships with our colleagues across the country, discovered methods of cost savings for services we all use at our institutions, and personally, it has helped to develop me professionally through the community that surrounds each member of the consortium.

      Penny Evans-Plants
      Penny Evans-Plants

      Berry College

      HESS has been a valuable resource to me in several aspects including competitive pricing for both hardware and software, SIS/ERP comparisons which has provided a good understanding of the marketplace, most importantly, relationships with private college colleagues around the nation. I know I can contact them anytime for assistance and insights!

      Want to talk with someone about HESS Membership?

      The HESS Consortium is open to all private, non-profit colleges and universities regardless of their size or affiliation. HESS is a community of practice for CIOs, CFOs and other technology leadership and we would love to have your institution as part of the community. Contact us or click here to join today!

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