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BC IT's Joe Harrington Honored By ACUTA

director of network services wins award for outstanding leadership

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (April 2014)—Boston College Director of Network Services Joseph E. Harrington was honored for outstanding leadership at the 43rd annual conference of the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA), held in Dallas earlier this month.

Joseph E. Harrington
Joseph E. Harrington

Harrington—a past president of ACUTA who been active in the association for more than 10 years in committee roles and as state coordinator and director-at-large before his election to the presidency—received ACUTA’s 2014 Ruth A. Michalecki Leadership Award, given to individuals of initiative and vision who also work to advance collaboration and professional development in support of their institutions' goals.

Harrington assumed the ACUTA presidency in 2011, right after the death of the organization’s executive director, Jeri Semer. In addition to the regular presidential responsibilities, Harrington initiated the Jeri Semer Volunteer Service Award, developed and worked to implement ways to facilitate better collaboration and information sharing at the association, and streamlined the appointment of Corinne Hoch, a former ACUTA president who had recently retired from Columbia University, as the group's new executive director.

Harrington is “the kind of leader who makes you want to excel,” Hoch said, and is "never afraid to roll up his sleeves to help when he senses a need.”

"Joe's tenure at Boston College has been distinguished by a quiet, but strong and consistent leadership style,” said Vice President for Information Technology Services Michael Bourque.

Harrington has been at the University for more than 20 years, having joined network services in 1990 as a senior computer repair technician. He then served as network design analyst, project manager, computing and communications specialist for BC Law School, and campus-wide network services operations manager before becoming director of the division in 2004.

During his tenure, he has helped to steer BC through many changes in how the University communicates, including multiple generations of network architecture and wireless networking, the re-cabling of dozens of campus buildings and support for numerous construction projects.

ACUTA is an international nonprofit educational association that represents nearly 2,000 individuals at about 700 colleges and universities. For more information, visit

—Office of News & Public Affairs