Computer industry leader

Warner Named First Info Tech Vice President

By Michael Seele
ChronicleEditor

Kathleen T. Warner, a leader in applying new technologies to mainstream business uses, has been named Boston College's first vice president for Information Technology.

Warner, who will assume the post on Jan. 1, comes to Boston College from Compaq-Digital Equipment Corp., where she had been a manager for 12 years, most recently as vice president for Internet/intranet deployment.

"I am pleased to announce that Kathleen Warner has accepted the position of vice president for Information Technology," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "Technology is an important part of higher education today, and Kathleen has the talent and experience needed to help Boston College meet current and future technological challenges."

"As BC continues to embrace more and more Web-based technology for faculty research, student learning, student services and administration, Kathleen's leadership and experience will be invaluable," said Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella. "Her demonstrated managerial talent and corporate experience were also critical factors influencing her selection for this position."

Human Resources Vice President Leo V. Sullivan added, "Kathleen Warner has outstanding communications and management skills." "She brings a leadership spirit and strong organizational skills that will be felt within IT and throughout the University."

Kathleen Warner.

Warner's accomplishments in the innovative application of existing and emerging technologies have been recognized with several "best of the best" awards in the industry press. Most recently, in July 1998, CIO Magazine honored DEC with two of its WebBusiness Awards for creating and operating one of the top 50 business Internet World Wide Web sites and one of the top 50 intranet sites. Several of Warner's projects have been included in text books as case studies in Internet/intranet technology development.

At Compaq-DEC, for example, she led the effort to apply wireless technology so employees, using laptop computers, could access the Internet and the company's intranet from any location, 24 hours a day, without a hard-wired connection. She also piloted an "intelligent robot" software application that can retrieve information and deliver it to the user's computer.

In addition, Warner developed standards for all of Compaq-DEC's Web pages which unified business practices and processes and resulted in cost savings for the company.

Warner said she is looking forward to joining Boston College, and to applying new technologies on and off campus.

"I am excited about this very challenging opportunity," Warner said. "Boston College has an excellent strategy for using technology to promote its mission. The strong sense of community and commitment to diversity were other factors that attracted me to BC."

Warner said Boston College has the opportunity to apply emerging technology to its administrative and academic work. She said she will look at introducing wireless technology to faculty and staff, and making it available to students working from off-campus locations.

"I'd also like to make sure everyone on campus is computer-literate," Warner added, "and I'd like to do some benchmarking with other institutions to find out where Boston College is relative to its competition."

Inside IT, the news of Warner's appointment has been greeted warmly by the staff, according to Information Technology Associate Vice President Bernard Gleason. "The reaction is very positive," he said. "I think she will bring new enthusiasm and professional skills to the organization." Many staff members, he added, are particularly gratified that the University was able to attract a highly accomplished woman from the industry to fill the post.

Warner arrived at DEC in 1986 as manager of international technical publications and became group/senior manager of the area the following year. In 1993, she was named director of the company's Internet program office, and assumed the vice presidency last year.

Previously, she was a consultant on information systems and electronic publishing for Network Switching Systems (1985-86) and Microtouch Systems, Inc. of Woburn, Mass. (1985). She was marketing communications manager for Infinet, Inc. (1984-85); a software documentation specialist for Cullinet Software, Inc. (1983); a systems analyst for Commercial Union Insurance Co. (1979-83); a business and software writer for Ruben Engineering (1979); and a customer service representative for Tektronix (1977-79). Warner began her career as a secondary English teacher in Australia from 1974-76.

She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts and a master's degree in applied management from Lesley College.

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