(9-2-98) -- In an effort to better meet the growing technology needs of the University community, Boston College has embarked on a search for a new vice president for Information Technology, and has implemented immediate changes in IT's management.
"We recognized many years ago the importance of Information Technology in providing the vision and strategy Boston College will need to support a growing research agenda and expanding opportunities for the use of information technology in teaching and learning," said Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella. "More recently, we have been looking to IT to support the administrative transformation of the University, and to identify and deploy new technologies."
In July, responding to concerns about performance, resource and morale issues within IT, Campanella notified the department's employees that Adam Crescenzi, a consultant to IT organizations, would be engaged to assess the situation and recommend a course of action. Following interviews with employees from within and outside IT, Crescenzi worked with Campanella and Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan to develop a set of recommendations which the University will act upon, said Campanella.
The primary recommendation is that new senior leadership is needed in IT immediately. Associate Vice President for Information Technology Bernard Gleason will report to the new vice president, who will be the University's chief information officer. Gleason will continue in his role as principal technology strategist and will continue to work on Agora services and Project Delta strategies.
Martin Smith, director of Information Technology Resources, has resigned.
The University has already begun the process of seeking out a senior information technology executive who can provide the needed leadership and set IT on a renewed course as the vice president for Information Technology. Campanella will fill the CIO role on an interim basis.
Other actions the University will take include:
-- The formation of a transitional executive steering group that will function until the vice president arrives. The group will consist of Campanella, Sullivan, Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties David R. Burgess, and Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter C. McKenzie. Crescenzi will serve as a consultant to the group.
-- The establishment of an interim leadership and management team that will oversee IT's day-to-day operations. Led by Campanella, the team will include Technology Planning and Integration Director Paul Dupuis, Management Information Systems Director Denis Walsh, Director of Information Technology for Enterprise Data Services John Spang, and Director of Enrollment Systems Rita Owens.
-- Over time, IT's work processes, resource allocation, project management and demand management systems will be reviewed and changed as necessary.
While the University is addressing the need for change in IT, Campanella praised the professional competence and dedication of the department's staff. "Their contributions have placed Boston College among the leaders in the application of technology in higher education today," he said.
Campanella said technology services to the University community will continue uninterrupted. "The way we're organizing this change will allow us to meet our goals for the support of research, teaching and the administrative transformation of the University," he said.
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