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Paul Dampier appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pace University


Paul Dampier appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pace University

NEW YORK – October 25, 2016 – Paul Dampier will join Pace University as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective January 9, 2017.

Dampier joins Pace from the University of Cambridge where he held the positions of Director, Management Information Services; Director of Business Effectiveness; and more recently Director of Digital Initiatives at the prestigious Cambridge University Library.

As Pace University’s CIO, Dampier will be in charge of the University’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Department and lead the development and implementation of a strategic technology agenda that supports Pace’s mission, strategic goals, and academic programs. The CIO reports to the Provost in a structure that recognizes the importance of technology in teaching and learning, and optimizing student learning outcomes.

In addition to his responsibility for all information technology and infrastructure support services for academic, research, and administrative computing at Pace, Dampier will also oversee all of the University’s telecommunications, networking services, and information security.

“The amount of important data about the operation of the University continues to grow and it is critical that our ability to generate value from the data grow at a similar rate,” said University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Paul Dampier’s expertise will help us use that data to deepen our understanding of how to provide the best possible student experience and education.”

“Paul’s experience, leadership, and knowledge make him ideally suited to lead Pace University's Information Technology Services,” said Uday Sukhatme, ScD, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Pace. “He is a strategic visionary with a proven track record of success in positioning technology as a service, aligned with strategic initiatives and goals.”

Dampier has an extensive career specializing in technology management, consulting, research and development, and driving service and business effectiveness through the use of IT. His experience covers a wide spectrum of industries including higher education, pharmaceuticals, telecom, consulting, central government, and software services. 

Starting with the adoption of mid-range computing for designing and developing silicon chips in the ‘80s, through managing today’s complex computing environments for research and development, Dampier has been involved in the changing world of technology throughout his career. He has served as a consultant director for a US technology firm where he advised many leading CIOs in the US and Europe on technical architecture, sourcing, development, and management of information technology.

During his nine years at Cambridge, Dampier shaped the future of university technology systems and capabilities, introducing modern capabilities to enhance and manage student learning and administration, HR and research administration, web and document management, new library services, and a variety of agile service development methods.

“I am both excited and honored to have been selected to join Pace University as it continues to grow and build upon its long-term commitment to excellence in teaching from both the practical and theoretical perspectives,” said Dampier. “During my interviews for the role I said that ‘the past we reference, the present is on-line, the future is in our minds.’ The role of the modern CIO must adapt to bring these together as the focus on technology naturally gives way to the era of information and communication demands in the global economy. I am looking forward to joining a community that provides students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to be part of this.”

Dampier’s experience with leading research and development of information technology will assist Pace in promoting innovation in an ever-changing environment. Pace is nationally recognized as a leader in online education and ranks among the very first institutions in higher education to offer an online degree program.

About Pace University: Pace University is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, and College of Health Professions.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597,