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CIOs on the Move


This article is an update and summary of a panel discussion at EDUCAUSE99 where five CIOs from small colleges shared their experiences in changing jobs, especially in negotiating what they wanted.

John E. Bucher

John E. Bucher is Chief Technology Officer at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, a position that he has held since 1996. Prior to Oberlin he held similar positions at the University of South Dakota and Kansas State University. He has been active in many regional and national associations and served on the the board of directors of EDUCAUSE.


Barbara H. Horgan

Director of Information Technology
University of Washington, Tacoma


Thomas F. Moberg

Thomas F. Moberg retired in 2006 from his position as Vice Provost & CIO at North Dakota State University, where he had oversight responsibility for the University’s use of information technologies, services, and resources. Moberg’s vocational experience also included the positions of Vice President and CIO at Saint Louis University, Vice President for Information Resources at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C., Vice President for Information and Computing Services at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and Director of Academic Computing at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Moberg has been active in national professional associations as an elected officer and active volunteer member. He served as Director and a member of the Faculty of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and Chair and Vice Chair of the CAUSE Board of Directors. He has authored a variety of professional publications, including a chapter of the book "Computing Strategies in Liberal Arts Colleges" that is part of the EDUCOM Strategies Series on Information Technology. At Grinnell College, he organized the 1985 International Conference on Databases in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and edited the Proceedings of the Conference. He has served as a consultant on the use and organization of information technologies for numerous institutions, and is a frequent presenter at technology conferences.

Moberg holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Iowa, the M.S degree in Mathematics from North Dakota State University, and the B.A. degree in Mathematics from Bemidji State College.


Robert Paterson

Dr. Robert Paterson has been in the Information Technology field since 1985. He began as a user support specialist, served as Director of Academic Computing and then Dean for Computing and Telecommunications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He has also been Executive Director of Information Technology at the University of San Francisco and Capital University in Columbus OH, and Chief Information Officer at Salem State College, in Salem, MA. Dr. Paterson has served on the Cause Current Issues committee, the Seminar for Academic Computing board and has been Chair of ACM SIGUCCS.

Dr. Paterson is presently Vice President for Information Technology, Planning and Research at Molloy College on New York's Long Island. He manages all phases of academic, media, telecommunication and administrative support. He is also responsible for the college-wide planning efforts and institutional research. He has presented and published numerous papers on IT management in academic environments.

Dr Paterson is an Avian Ecologist by training. He published on bird habitat selection and taught a wide range of Biology courses for 10 years before becoming involved in Information Technology.


David Todd

Network Manager
Chesapeake College


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