Kurt Snyder, JD
Kurt Snyder is an experienced, well-educated, award-winning professional who consistently displays excellence in executive and managerial positions in non-profit, continuing education, accreditation, and technology settings.
Kurt holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and a B.A. from Wabash College. He was admitted to the Indiana State Bar in 1996.
Kurt is currently the Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM CME). The Indiana University School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the nation, and its Division of CME furthers the school’s commitments to promote excellence in physician professional development and to effectively translate leading-edge research into medical practice. Celebrating its centenary in 2015, IUSM CME partners with physician learners, Indiana University faculty, professional organizations, and commercial partners to deliver educational activities in all formats and sizes, including weekly in-person “grand rounds,” large annual conferences and symposia, and as well as online and enduring educational materials. Under the leadership of Kurt Snyder and the Senior Associate Dean Michelle Howenstine, MD -- IUSM CME works to ensure that its educational offerings meet and exceed the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) requirements. By expanding the use of educational technology and best practices, Kurt is steering the Division of CME toward broader academic and research-oriented partnerships, to continue to develop IUSM’s impact beyond Indiana into the regional, national, and international population of medical professionals, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes through better care and disease prevention.
Kurt has extensive technology, marketing, and process improvement experience as the principal owner of Xsimple and formerly as a consultant for Xplane. Xsimple is a small marketing and technology consulting firm that specializes in assisting professional-related disciplines such as law, health care, and non-profits. Projects typically revolve around web and iPhone development. Xplane is one of the world’s leading visual design and communication firms that specializes in making complex business issues easier to understand. Xplane’s client list is a who’s who of corporate America ranging from Microsoft to Anheuser-Busch. As a consultant for Xplane, Kurt was involved in large marketing initiatives for clients such as Motorola and British Petroleum.
Prior to being a principal at Xsimple, Kurt was the Director and Counsel of Trial Court Technology for the State of Indiana’s judicial branch of government. In this capacity, Kurt acted as the chief information officer and principal staff person for the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC) and the state’s presence on the Internet. During that time, the Indiana Judiciary’s website was recognized as the best court website in the world by the National Center for State Courts. While managing a multi-million dollar budget, Kurt was a key leader and driving force in court technology initiatives, bringing Internet access and email to judges statewide; offering free computer training and online legal research access to all judicial employees; and coordinating the judiciary’s efforts to modernize.
Prior to working for the Court, Kurt was the Assistant Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association; as such, he carried out the work of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar relating to legal education and bar admission matters, including the law school accreditation process. An avid proponent of technology, Kurt took the Section of Legal Education’s internet presence from a single web page to the most often visited website on the ABA network in less than two years. Kurt was also the driving force in the creation of several publications and books on law schools and bar admissions, including the Official American Bar Association Guide to Law Schools and the Law School for Dummies Guide.
Kurt also serves on occasion as an adjunct professor for the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University teaching courses on business law and business computer applications. Kurt is a certified Microsoft Specialist in Excel, Access, and SharePoint.
Kurt is an active volunteer. He currently has volunteer commitments to the following entities: Chaucie’s Place; FBI Citizens’ Academy; Carmel Clay School System Web Advisory Board; Forest Dale Elementary Yearbook and Fundraising Committees; and the Williamson Run Neighborhood Association.
Kurt has been fortunate to receive recognition, both in Indiana and nationally, for his efforts. Most recently, Kurt was recognized as the IUPUI Staff Council Member of the Year in honor of exemplary dedication to the school’s mission, values and goals. He was recognized for his advocacy for maternity/paternity rights on behalf of staff at IUPUI. When a member of his staff shared news of her pregnancy, Kurt learned that IUPUI did not provide parental leave, and he immediately started to advocate for change. Additionally, Kurt was instrumental in advocating for a change to the rules related to the taxation of fee courtesy benefits on behalf of all IU employees taking graduate courses. After taking a class at IU, he noticed that he was being taxed on the benefit when he suspected that was not necessary. He immediately started a campaign to change the rule, which was adopted this spring. As a result, IU employees taking graduate-level courses are no longer taxed on the first $5,200 in fee courtesy benefits each year, saving individuals hundreds of dollars per class and thousands of dollars per degree.
Prior to that, he was the recipient of 2015 IUPUI Staff Council Outstanding New Member award given to an extraordinary first term Council member annually. This award is to honor a member who has “jumped in with both feet” to the work of the Council, is active both within the greater Council and their committee, serving with consistency and creativity, and has demonstrated great commitment to serving fellow staff throughout the term. Also, in 2015 he was recognized by the IUPUI as a "favorite" teacher on campus. In 2011, Kurt received recognition from Chaucie’s Place for facilitating its move to a new location. In 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 he was honored as a recipient of a special letter of recognition for receiving outstanding evaluations from students at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In 2006, the Indiana Supreme Court Jury Pool Project, which Kurt spearheaded, received the national merit award from the American Judicature Society. In 2005, he was the recipient of Government Technology Magazine's "Top 25: Doers, Dreamers and Drivers," awarded annually by the nation's leading government technology magazine to the top 25 individuals in IT for government. (This annual list typically has several U.S. Senators and state Governors. Last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the most well-known recipient.) In 2004, Kurt was the recipient of Indiana's "Collaboration Award," presented annually by Indiana's Chief Information Officer to the individual that demonstrates an ability to collaborate and lead technology efforts in state government. And, in 2003, he was honored as one of the "Forty under 40", awarded annually by Indiana's most prestigious business magazine, Indianapolis Business Journal, to 40 individuals under the age of 40 that demonstrate excellence and leadership.
Kurt and his wife, Debbie, have two children - Summer and Bradley - and live in Carmel, Indiana.