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October 10, 2003

CIO candidate visits begin

by Linda Charles
Four candidates for the new position of chief information officer will visit campus this month. They are:
  • J.L. Albert, assistant vice president, computing and information services, Oklahoma State, Stillwater.
  • William Crowell, former vice president, chief information officer for North America, Teva Pharmaceuticals, North Wales, Penn.
  • John Dickson, director, division of computer system services, Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Md.
  • Walter Weir, chief information officer and director of computing services network, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
The candidates will present a public talk on "a vision for computing and information technologies and a view on diversity at an academic institution" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Howe Hall auditorium on the first day of their visits. Dickson was on campus Oct 8-9. Weir will visit Oct. 13-14, Crowell on Oct. 20-21 and Albert on Oct. 30-31.

The chief information officer will oversee information technology services, special projects and new initiatives. The position is expected to result in more efficient coordination among the university's technology units, some long-term cost savings, and increased alignment of IT services with the strategic goals of Iowa State.

More information on the candidates is available online at

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