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IT Vice President Co-Presenter on Startup of College Intranet


Jim CunninghamThe rapid implementation of an employee intranet at Pennsylvania College of Technology was the topic of a recent presentation at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Mid-Atlantic Regional conference held Jan. 15-17 in Baltimore.

Jim Cunningham, the college’s vice president for information technology, was a co-presenter (with Jill M. Forrester, director of institutional systems and strategies at Dickinson College) of “365 Days to a Portal Solution.”

Dickinson and Penn College recently implemented portals personalized gateways to their respective institutions’ internal information-sharing networks in less than a year. The joint presentation described the high-level planning and management of such fast-track portal initiatives, along with a review of the decisions, trade-offs and lessons learned.

“The “˜myPCT’ employee portal provided a “˜one-stop shopping’ information resource for college employees and enhances the ability of departments, teams and committees to achieve their goals through a powerful set of communication and collaboration tools,” Cunningham said.

His areas of responsibility include academic computing, administrative computing, telecommunications, campus network, media services and document services. A member of the college’s senior management team, he is responsible for strategic and long-range planning for all IT-related initiatives.

Cunningham holds a bachelor’s degree in technology management from Penn College and an associate degree in computer science from Williamsport Area Community College, its predecessor institution.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association, the mission of which is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Its current membership comprises more than 2,200 colleges, universities and educational organizations with 17,000 active members.

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