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AcIS and AIS to Merge

Over the last two years, several faculty and administrative groups have recommended a more integrated approach to information technology development and management at Columbia. After extensive discussion and consultation, the University has decided to bring together Academic Information Systems (AcIS) and Administrative Information Services (AIS) in a new integrated IT organization.

The new IT organization will combine infrastructure, applications, user services, and security staff and programs. This will enable more effective use of IT expertise and resources, as well as allowing for a clarified and coordinated approach to user support. The restructured IT organization will ensure that the University's IT strategies and investments fully support Columbia's goals and objectives.

A new vice president for information technology will be chosen to head this new organization and will report to Senior Executive Vice President Robert Kasdin. Current reporting lines will remain in place until the new vice president joins the University.

As part of this restructuring, James Neal, University librarian and vice president for information services, will be responsible for the University Libraries, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC) and Digital Knowledge Ventures (DKV). Neal will also organize a new Copyright Office to assist Columbia faculty in their use of intellectual property for teaching and research.

Neal and the new vice president for IT will work together to develop and advance a program for IT planning and policy as well as a program for IT research and development. Additionally, we will pursue opportunities for increased cooperation and coordination with CUbhis, the IT organization serving the Medical Center.

A search committee is being set up to identify qualified candidates. To suggest candidates for consideration for the position, please contact Paula Goodman, manager of recruitment and career development in the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, at (212) 870-3442.

The University is confident that this restructuring will enhance the delivery of technology and information services to the Columbia community.

Published: Nov 11, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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