Pacific’s Head of Technology Takes Position in St. Louis
University of the Pacific's chief information officer, Larry Frederick, has accepted a new position as associate vice-chancellor for Information Technology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He will begin his new position in mid-February.
During Frederick's nine years as Pacific's CIO, he oversaw the construction and expansion of Pacific's computer network on the Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco campuses, including the introduction of a University-wide wireless network. He oversaw the construction of "smart classrooms" at Pacific, a green data center and unification of the University's communication system, allowing the e-mail and voice-mail/phone systems to exchange information. He was named one of the top 50 CIO's in the west by Everything Channel Media group in 2009.
"I think we all recognize that the world of technology has changed dramatically in the past decade, but it seems to have changed even faster in the world of higher education due to the demands of our incoming students," said Provost Phil Gilbertson. "Larry has kept the University moving forward with technology by building and offering services that exceed many larger universities."
When Frederick was hired as Pacific's CIO in 2001, about half the homes in America did not have Internet access, Wikipedia was only a few months old, Apple had not yet released the iPod, and cell phones were used only to make phone calls. Pacific at the time had a basic Web site and a basic e-mail system.
Today, students and staff are able to check e-mail from their handheld electronic devices. Voicemail left at a desk phone is automatically turned into an e-mail, allowing instant access to messages when an employee is away from the office. In addition, faculty, staff, students and visitors are able to easily log on to Pacific's high-speed wireless system from just about anywhere on all three campuses, including on the lawn of the DeRosa University Center and on the ground floor of the Spanos Center.
Most of Pacific's classes have built-in projectors and integrated sound systems, easily allowing content from the Internet to be shared with a class. Students can also see their current grades, class schedules, and their professor's office hours using the "Inside Pacific" and online class information systems established at Pacific during Frederick's tenure.
All of this technology is operated using the latest green technology, saving energy and making Pacific's Office of Information and Technology as efficient as possible.
As vice-chancellor for Information Technology at the University of Missouri, Frederick will serve as Chief Information Officer/Associate Vice President of the University. He will oversee strategic planning and expansion of that university's information systems and technology-related infrastructure. Pacific will begin a search for a new CIO in February.