NEW YORK, N.Y., August 2, 2011 – Thomas A. Hull, a university administrator with extensive experience managing information technology services in academic and research environments, has joined Pace University as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
With both public and private sector experience, he most recently served as Chief Information Officer of Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Hull will serve as the senior administrator of Information Technology Services at Pace responsible for maintaining an integrated, efficient, sustainable, and responsive program of information technology and infrastructure support services for academic, research, and administrative computing.
His responsibilities also include distributed education including asynchronous courses; intercampus communication services; telecommunications; system-wide networking services; and security. He will work with the campus community to improve support services for students, faculty, and staff.
Leading-edge technology with a customer service focus At Siena College, Hull completed many critical administrative projects including a major upgrade to the student information system, implemented a new website and content management system, and applied modern Cisco wireless connectivity across the campus.
His academic project accomplishments include upgrading an instructional technology learning management system with Blackboard V9; and enhancing teaching pedagogy and electronic classrooms, including the use of Google Apps, iTunesU, and electronically enhanced classrooms. He developed and introduced a new service philosophy for the IT organization and started help-desk training, support rotation, and a new request tracking system.
Before his appointment at Siena, Hull served as Chief Information Officer of Visions FCU in Binghamton, NY; Chief Information Officer of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia; and a Senior Director of Information Systems and an IT Architect and Principal at IBM in New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, and is working on his Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Information technology improvements are a significant part of why Pace administrators feel the University has “turned a corner” in the last few years. Two years ago the University put in a technology fee, which has raised $2 million a year that has been supervised by a committee of faculty, students and staff. The fees go directly toward funding instructional technology initiatives focused on enhancing the student learning experience. Improvements include making the whole campus wireless, with projectors and computers in every classroom.
Additional enhancements include a world class videoconferencing system linking the main campuses, and an assortment of technology packages (e.g. MS Office and Anti-Virus) which are available to students for download.
In the years ahead, President Stephen J. Friedman has said he foresees “huge opportunity and progress” in applying information technology to new and expanded ways of learning.
About Pace University: For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu
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