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Columbia Improves Efficiency, Operations through New Appointments

As Columbia prepares for the start of the fall semester in September, several new appointments have been made, including Candace Fleming as vice president for information technology and Kathleen Crowley as associate vice president of environmental health and safety/environmental health and radiation safety.

Last winter Columbia announced the merger of Academic Information Systems (AcIS) and Administrative Information Services (AIS) into a new integrated information technology 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, allowing for a clarified and coordinated approach to user support. (For more information about the merger of AcIS and AIS, please visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/04/11/acis_ais.html.)

Fleming will lead this organization. She previously directed IT customer relationship management for Cadbury Schweppes' Confectionery business in North and South America. She also served as CIO and vice president of the Adams Global Confectionery, establishing strategies and directing worldwide IT functions for the $2 billion division of Pfizer, Inc, and the previous parent company. An avid tennis player and mother of three, Fleming holds a B.S.E. from Princeton and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Lisa Hogarty has been named to the position of executive vice president of administration and student services. She recently assumed responsibility for the newly integrated information technology organization that Fleming will lead, as well as the University's Human Resources organization. Since joining Columbia in the summer of 2002, Hogarty has made changes to improve customer service, enhance controls and increase efficiency.

Kathleen Crowley has been appointed to the newly created position of associate vice president of environmental health and safety/environmental health and radiation safety. Crowley will oversee all aspects of environmental health and safety at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and environmental health and radiation safety at the University's other campuses.

Crowley joined CUMC in 1985, most recently serving as director of environmental health and safety since 1999. Prior to that, she was the director of occupational health service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital from 1992 to 1999.

Crowley will report to David Hirsh, executive vice president for research, and will continue to work closely with Robert Lewy, senior associate dean for health affairs at CUMC, who now oversees environmental health and safety at CUMC.

"The appointment of Ms. Crowley to this position continues the restructuring and consolidation of the University's research operations that began last year," said Hirsh.  "We are fortunate to have Ms. Crowley and Dr. Lewy bring their talents and energy to our University-wide environmental stewardship program."

Crowley holds a B.S. from SUNY at Stony Brook and an M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health, where she is continuing her studies in the Environmental Health Science doctoral program.

Published: Jul 27, 2005
Last modified: Jul 29, 2005

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