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HIPAA and Higher Education


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Clair W. Goldsmith

Clair W. Goldsmith is Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer of the University of Texas System Administration. On a System-wide basis, Dr. Goldsmith oversees the Office of Telecommunication Services that provides statewide telecommunications network services and the UT Digital Library that provides content to UT component institutions. He is chair of the UT System Strategic Leadership Council. Dr. Goldsmith develops system-wide IT policy and strategic plans. . His responsibilities also include the Office of Information Resources that provides information technology and communications support for the UT System Administration offices.

He was previously Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with responsibility for Communications Services, The University Computer Center (TUCC), the UAB Hospital Call Center, Academic Computing, Instructional Technology and Web Services. He was employed with the University of Texas at Austin from 1991 through 1999 as Deputy Director of Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services. From 1991 until 1994, he was Director of Strategy and Planning for Management Information Systems for the University of Texas System Administration. Prior to joining U.T. Austin, Dr. Goldsmith was the Vice President of Technology for Advanced Software Technologies, Inc. Beginning in 1976, he spent 13 years at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as Director of Computing Resources and Executive Director of Information Technology with responsibility for academic and administrative computing as well as telecommunications. He concurrently served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Dr. Goldsmith has served on numerous committees. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Educause Net@EDU: PKI Working Group. He was a member for Board of Directors of the Alabama Information Technology Association and the University of Alabama System Information Technology Council. He served as Chair of EDUCOM'98 program committee. For five years, he served as President of the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society (DECUS), U.S. Chapter, then world's largest computer users group.

Dr. Goldsmith received a Bachelor of Science (1965) and Masters Degree (1968) in Electrical Engineering as well as a PhD (1972) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


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