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May 31, 2007

McCartney named Purdue's IT vice president, chief information officer

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Purdue officials on Thursday (May 31) announced that Gerry McCartney has been appointed as the university's vice president for information technology and chief information officer, effective immediately.

McCartney has served as the university's top information technology administrator in an interim capacity since July 2006. His appointment is subject to approval by Purdue's board of trustees.

As CIO, McCartney is responsible for overseeing Information Technology at Purdue, known as ITaP, and reports to Provost Sally Mason and Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president and treasurer.

"We conducted a national search and interviewed several outstanding candidates from other universities," Mason said. "That process served to underscore the fact that Gerry is the right person for this job. He has the rare ability to manage the day-to-day operations of a complex organization while never losing sight of the opportunities for improvement that exist on the horizon."

Olsen said that among McCartney's strengths is his understanding of what information technology means to a research institution like Purdue.

"Gerry knows both Purdue and the nature of research universities. He is keenly aware of how computing resources and a solid information technology infrastructure contribute to a university's success," Olsen said. "IT is a critical component in everything we do - from our daily business operations, to instruction, to the research being conducted across the Purdue system."

McCartney said serving as the interim vice president for almost a year has increased his enthusiasm for the job.

"Purdue is a university that should be a global leader in information technology usage," he said. "This an institution with a tremendous international reputation not only for leading-edge research, but also for outstanding student services and highly efficient business operations. All these things depend on ITaP. I believe we have the talent and skill in our people, the resources, and the will to become a model for all research-driven universities, and I look forward to leading our efforts to reach that level."

Prior to his interim appointment, McCartney served two years as assistant dean for technology at Purdue's Krannert School of Management. He also taught in the Krannert School's MBA and executive programs and serves as director of Krannert's SIFT Project.

From 1993 until 2004, McCartney served as associate dean and chief information officer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He was director of the Krannert Computing Center from 1990 to 1993 and was manager of user services at the Purdue Computing Center from 1988 to 1990.

He earned his doctorate in sociology and anthropology from Purdue in 1996 after receiving diplomas in advanced programming and systems analysis from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1981 and 1982 from NUI Maynooth in Ireland.

Information Technology at Purdue is responsible for the planning and coordination of central computing and telecommunications systems on the West Lafayette campus, along with media production and distance-learning services. The organization consists of five business units - customer relations, enterprise applications, infrastructure, the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, and teaching and learning technologies - and has nearly 500 staff members and an annual budget of more than $55 million.

Writer: Brian Zink, (765) 494-2080,

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709,

Morgan R. Olsen, (765) 494-9705,

Gerry McCartney, (765) 496-3928,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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