University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, has appointed Bernard Gleason Jr., executive director of Information Technology since 1988, as the University's first associate vice president for Information Technology.
In his new role, which he assumed June 1, Gleason is devoting most of his time to the development of strategic initiatives related to the University's use of technology.
Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan said the position was created to recognize the central role Gleason has played in the advancement of Boston College's communications and technology resources, and to further demonstrate the University's commitment to leadership in this area.
"Technology is a rapidly changing enterprise and it takes an exceptionally creative person to lead it," Sullivan said. "Bernie has done an exceptional job and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to plan and help create a vision for technology's role at Boston College. He is always on the cutting and creative edge of technology and has led Boston College to new heights in recent years, as demonstrated by Project Agora and other campus communication systems."
Bernard Gleason Jr.
"The University's vision of Project Delta is for dramatic improvement in administrative processes - to reinvent the University," said Gleason, a member of Project Delta's executive committee. "This dramatic change can be accomplished only by the application of technology that is based upon the campus network.
"It is my goal to have Boston College recognized as the leading institution in the effective application of information technology in institutional management and instruction," he added. "I also want to ensure that initiatives in Delta are built on the emerging technological advances of the campus network and the Internet."
Under Gleason, Boston College has implemented an advanced voice, data and video network infrastructure. Project Agora, launched in September of 1995, provides all resident undergraduates with direct access to video, voice and computer technology from their residence halls. Future phases of Agora will make this access available to graduate students, faculty and staff at home, and alumni, as well as to residents and schools in neighboring communities.
Gleason's tenure as executive director also produced the U-VIEW system, the first in the nation to provide students with access to their academic and financial information via automatic teller machines. He has won major national awards in recognition of BC's technology accomplishments.
Gleason, who holds a Boston College bachelor's degree (1960) and a master of business administration degree from Babson College (1970), arrived in the Computer Center as a senior analyst in 1970. He was associate director of systems from 1974-78, director of Management Information Systems from 1978-85 and director of IT from 1985-88.
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