Gene Ziegler, PhD.




IT Professional




I cut my computational teeth on IBM batch-processing mainframes. My Penn State years were filled with learning computer languages, designing statistics routines, and struggling with 80 column punch cards. I arrived at Colgate in 1970 at the same time as a Digital DecSystem-10 time-sharing computer and spent the next six years learning a new way of computing and teaching Fortran and statistical computing. I was a member of the Computer Science faculty and for my last two years, the director of the academic computing center.

My early years at Cornell as Assistant Vice Provost had me immersed in a number of administrative computing projects -- budgets, financial aid, affirmative action records -- and teaching information systems part-time in the City and regional Planning program. In 1980, I moved from central administration to the business school as Director of Computing Services where I would spend the next 20 years. During my years there I introduced ethernet, supermini computers, microcomputers, computer labs, microcomputer networks, electronic projectors, video conferencing, and Unix workstations. I also taught computer languages, database management, and microcomputer workshops.

In 1996 I was given responsibility for planning the electronic and computational infrastructure of a new 40 million dollar business school and seeing it through to construction. I later served as advisor to a second campus building for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In the summer of 1999, I provided a similar service for a business school construction project at the University of Tampa.

I served on the advisory board for Cornell's Vice president of Information Technology, and was an organizing founder of a national organization of business school CIOs from top-25 ranked U.S. business schools.


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