As director, Smith oversees operation of the Information Technology division - including all campus computer centers and laboratories - and the management information systems.
At UMass, Smith had served as associate vice president for management and fiscal affairs and director of university information systems since 1981. He was responsible for implementing new client-server systems which improved efficiency and use in areas such as videoconferencing, Internet applications and information reporting. He also developed a corporate data warehouse for institutional reporting and helped direct a $36 million multi-campus telecommunications project for voice and data.
"Martin has a solid background in higher education and a proven track record in management and information technology," said Associate Vice President for Information Technology Bernard Gleason. "He will bring a real cohesiveness to the department and manage the day-to-day, week-to-week interaction effectively. He is someone who will fit right in."
Smith held several previous positions at the University of Massachusetts, which he joined in 1970, including directorships of the Data Processing Center and management information systems.
"I have always had great respect for Boston College," Smith said. "I have known many people affiliated with BC and over the years I have come to view it as an outstanding institution. Its commitment to technology is truly impressive."
Smith regards his main task as "advancing the legacy" of Boston College's innovative utilization of information technology. He pointed to projects such as U-VIEW and Agora as examples of how an academic institution can bolster its mission through technology-oriented faculty and student support.
"Boston College presents a unique opportunity for someone in the academic information technology field and I am very excited to be working here," Smith said. "With initiatives like Agora, and the interest in emphasizing the campus network, BC is clearly at the forefront."
Smith earned a bachelor's degree in quantitative methods from UMass and a master's degree in business administration from Western New England College.
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