Announcing Moore's appointment, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said, "Technology is increasingly important in higher education, and Marian's experience and proven leadership in this area will help Boston College respond effectively to issues and opportunities in technology."
Executive Vice President Patrick J. Keating said, "Marian Moore not only possessed but surpassed all of the things we were looking for among a strong pool of candidates. She is a leader in the IT field, she has extensive experience in higher education and she knows how to work with the academic community. She will be a great addition to BC, and I look forward to working with her when she begins in mid-summer."
"Boston College is an outstanding university, and the opportunity to return to the Boston area to serve BC in this exciting capacity was simply too hard to pass up," said Moore, a Memphis native.
"BC has a wonderful tradition of support for the undergraduate educational experience, and there is also a commitment to research that I believe complements the undergrad experience. The people I have met at BC are committed to the creative use of technology to enhance the educational mission of the university. I will miss UNC, and the incredible things we have done here, but I knew this was an opportunity I could not refuse."
As UNC-Chapel Hill's inaugural vice chancellor for information technology, Moore has managed the university's extensive administrative and academic information technology systems, worked closely with advisory groups representing clients and special technology interests at UNC's schools, colleges, libraries and administrative units, and represented the university's technology interests to the public.
Moore also is the first chairman of the board of the North Carolina Networking Initiative, a collaboration of research universities and their industry partners formed to explore and develop leading edge networking technologies.
Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael A. Smyer, who chaired the national search to fill the position, said Moore's combination of technical knowledge and organizational leadership impressed the students, faculty and administrators on the BC search committee.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, for example, a student laptop requirement begun in 2001 has enabled UNC students to use wireless technology for high-speed access to the Internet, e-mail and the campus network in classrooms, labs, libraries and at other nearby sites. The laptop requirement was part of a plan Moore developed to enhance teaching, learning and research, and to equip students and faculty with computers. UNC was the first and largest Research I university to embark on an initiative of this size.
"Her record at UNC reflects her ability to work with members of the campus community to establish an outstanding service operation," Smyer said. "In addition, her role in the Carolina [research university-industry] consortium illustrates her capacity to link on-campus issues with regional and national concerns. I'm delighted that she has agreed to bring her skills and experience to the Boston College community."
Prior to her appointment at UNC, Moore was a senior manager at SAS Institute, the nation's largest privately held software company. She also served as executive director of information technology at Boston University, where she was responsible for all aspects of consulting, systems programming and computer operations and scientific programming.
-Reid Oslin contributed to this story.
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