Arizona's Jackson New CIO at U of Illinois-Urbana
- By Paul McCloskey
University of Arizona Chief Information Officer Sally Jackson was named CIO at the University of Illinois, where she is an alumna. Jackson, who will start this week (May 21), will hold a joint appointment as a professor of speech communications.
At Arizona, Jackson was vice president for learning and information technologies and chief information officer from 2002 to 2006. She was also a professor in the department of communication in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1991 to 2007.
While at Arizona Jackson developed distance education projects, a university network master plan, and a technology refresh bank.
She was a founding partner in the Kuali Community Source Consortium, a project that involved Arizona, Indiana University, Michigan State, Cornell University, and other schools aimed at creating open source financial and research administration software for higher education.
She also established the Office of Student Computing Research and held a National Science Foundation grant for "institutional transformation" aimed at improving conditions for women in science and technology fields.
Linda Katehi, provost at Urbana, called Jackson "an extremely intelligent individual with strong leadership qualities.... She is focused on all aspects of technology and is particularly passionate about how technology relates to issues of gender and the under-represented," Katehi added. Read More:
Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.