July 5, 2005
Harris to take new post at Oregon
BY Michael Terrazas
Don Harris, vice provost for information technology and chief information officer (CIO), announced he will leave Emory at the end of July to become the first CIO at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Harris came to Emory in 1999 and a year later became head of the Information Technology Division (ITD). He helped coordinate the transition when Network Communications was created as its own division in 2000, and he instituted a more service-oriented approach in ITD, upgrading its web-based and phone support services and offering classroom support for professors hoping to incorporate technology into their pedagogy. To that end, Harris launched the Education Conference on Academic Technologies at Emory (EduCATE) conference, which for four years has provided a showcase for new educational technologies and a platform for innovative technology-related teaching on campus.
“I would like to express my thanks to all who have worked with me in the past six years I have been at Emory,” Harris said. “These have been challenging times, yet much has been accomplished. I give credit to all of those who were willing to give their time and energy to making IT services more efficient and effective for our faculty, students and staff.”
At Oregon, Harris will manage a enterprise IT organization that supports a university of some 20,000 students and one of only 30 public institutions that claim membership in the Association of American Universities. The university also provides networking services to the state of Oregon through its Advanced Network Technology Center, which maintains the Internet backbone for the state’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and many state government offices.