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Sep 2011Present


Thomas A. Warger Consulting

Consulting, writing/editing, project management, and interim leadership for information technology in higher education.

Affiliated Fellow, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) From October 2011. Assisting NITLE to develop consulting services for its member institutions.

Author: “Surveying the Landscape,” Educause Review, Volume 46, Number 6, November/December 2011. I was commissioned by Educause to research and write this article to launch Educause’s new initiative on data-informed IT governance.

Jul 2008Aug 2011

Vice President

EduServe International

Interim executive management, consulting, project management, recruitment

Project Manager at Connecticut College-transition in IT organization and practices (October 2010--continuing

Interim Director of Administrative Technology Services at Smith College (October 2010 - May 2011)

Project Manager, IT Support Services and ERP Implementation at Galveston College (December 2010 - continuing)

Interim CIO, Empire State College/SUNY (June 2009 - July 2010)

Project Manager, IT Support Services Re-Engineering at University of Rochester (November 2008-June 2009

Consultations: Tri-College Library Consortium (Bryn Mawr, PA), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR), Mount Mary College (Milwaukee, WI), Mount Saint Mary College (Newburg, NY), Connecticut College (New London, CT)

Jul 2000Jun 2008


Thomas Warger Consulting
Interim executive for academic information technology units and libraries

Interim CIO, Library, Information, and Technology Services, Mount Holyoke College (October 2006- June 2008)

Interim Director of Educational Technology Services, Smith College (2005 ─ 2006)

Interim Director of Information Technology, Amherst College (2004 - 2005)

Interim Executive Director for Computing and Information Services, Vassar College (2002 - 2004)

Interim Director of the Library and Instructional Technology, Keene State College (NH) (2000 - 2002)

Other consulting in information technologies

Consultant to Vice Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary (2007)

Consultant to President, Sarah Lawrence College (2006 - 2007)

Consultant to CIO, Drake University (2006)

Consultant to CIO, Teachers College Columbia University (2006)

Consultant to Chief Financial Officer, Hotchkiss School (2006)

Consultant to President, Occidental College (2006)

Consultant to National Coordination Office for Networking and Information and Technology Research and Development (Reports to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy). Strategic planning retreat. With Duane Dale (DFD Associates, 2005).

Consultant to CIO, Swarthmore College. Analysis and planning to outsource student telecommunications; plan for new staff position: Director of Information Security (2004, 2006)

Consultant to CIO, Springfield College. Strategic planning, network upgrade, new staff positions.(2003 - continuing)

Consultant to CIO, Keene State College. Strategic planning, staff reorganization, curricular computing planning (2002 -2004)

Consultant for Special Projects, Smith College. Management of projects in administrative computing.  Projects: database ad hoc and custom reporting, online course catalog, bulk e-mail, Health Services information system, online distribution of  database reports, online directory/"facebook," SEVIS compliance. (2002 - 2003)

Manager, Interactive Networked Classrooms Project, Five Colleges, Inc.: managed the creation of an intercampus network of five videoconference-equipped classrooms and established a program of pedagogical experimentation by faculty (2000 - 2001)

Nov 1995Jun 2000

Assistant Coordinator -- Information Systems

Five Colleges, Incorporated

The five colleges are: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst

I was responsible for consortium collaborative work in information technology and the first to hold this newly-created position:

Consortium project management, including: library IT development, museum collections database, staff technical training, online course catalog.

Oversight of shared resources: Internet connectivity, joint catalog of courses, joint multimedia development for instructional support.

Information research and dissemination within the consortium: Y2K, adaptive technologies, computer interface design, intellectual property in the digital era, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), distance learning.

In-house consulting for the consortium: staff hiring searches, IT reorganization, grants administration and stewardship, "library of the future" planning.

Nov 1986Jul 1995

Director of Computing Services

Bryn Mawr College

                Curricular diffusion of computing

                Campus networking

                Library automation in consortium with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges

                Satellite downlink and video networking

                Disaster-recovery planning

                Staff development and professionalization

                Preparation of "legacy" administrative computing system for replacement

                Digital imaging (art and archaeology collection

                Networked electronic services, including the Web

I was originally hired as Director of Academic Computing, but added Administrative Computing in 1988, with the title change to Director of Computing Services. This was the time in the history of campus computing that saw IT's transition from a niche speciality to a ubiquitous service. Usage grew from 20% or fewer of faculty, students, and staff to nearly 100%. We built the campus network, labs for essentially all academic departments, and evolved from time-sharing computing to ethernet, LANs, and the Internet.

Jul 1984Oct 1986

Asst. to VP for Academic Affairs

Union College
Duties and projects

Institutional self-study                                       Faculty research support administration

Budgets and cost forecasting                           Computing advisory committees

Grant-writing                                                       Construction project supervision

Personnel and benefits policy                           Public relations

I was the head of staff for Academic Affairs. Produced the academic fact book. Clerk-of-the-works for budget, tenure, promotion, and hiring processes. Served as a paralegal assistant to college counsel. Chaired various committees overseeing academic administration. Liaison with  (various) Deans, Finance, HR, Development, Physical Plant offices. Introduced use of the first electronic spreadsheets (Visicalc) to the Union senior administration.

Also served as Interim Director of IT (November 1985 - June 1986), which led to my subsequent career in IT.

Sep 1980Jun 1984

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Union College

Courses taught:

French language acquisition, all levels.

French literature: general curriculum; advanced courses in 19th-century fiction

Freshman Preceptorial: key texts in western intellectual tradition; intensive writing component

Served also as Director of the Language Lab



Information Technology

Programmed drill-and-practice exercises and text-parsing and correction in French in BASIC and Digital Authoring Languange.

Sep 1979Aug 1980

Asst. Prof. of Romance Languages

Gettysburg College

Sabbatical replacement for the academic year

Courses taught:

French language acquisition, all levels

French literature, general curriculum at basic and intermediate levels

Served as Director of the Language Lab


Sep 1974May 1979

Ph. D.

Brown University

Wrote what I believe was the first computer based Ph. D. thesis at Brown, on the experimental hypertext File Retrieval and Editing System (FRESS).

Worked part-time as data technician at the High Energy Phyiscs Lab. My early beginnings in IT.


Professional and Organizational Development
Expert at aligning organizations and indivdiduals for IT work. Transitions and positioning. Recruitment. Mentoring, teaching, observation, and critique.
Wrote the 4,000 word monthly Edutech Report from 2000 through 2008. Readership was over 300 senior academic administrators,CIOs, and IT directors.   Wrote 6 articles for University Business Magazine, 2002-2005.   Co-authored "Learning Environments: Where Space, Technology and Culture Converge," Educause Learning Initiative, ID: ELI3021, 2009.   Extensive writing in the consulting and interim engagements listed above: planning documents, annual reports, accreditation self-study chapters, personnel reviews, budget and project proposals, conference papers.   Many of my articles are discoverable via Google or other common web searches.
Interim IT and Library Leadership
The following engagements varied from six months through two years in duration. Several were turn-around engagements for organizations that needed change before going to the job market for a permanent hire.   Interim Direcgtor of Administrative Technologhy Services, Smith College (October 2010-April 2011) Interim Vice President for Integrated Technologies, SUNY Empire State College (June 2009-June 2010) Interim CIO, Library, Information, and Technology Services, Mount Holyoke College (October 2006- June 2008) Interim Director of Educational Technology Services, Smith College (2005 ─ 2006) Interim Director of Information Technology, Amherst College (2004 - 2005) Interim Executive Director for Computing and Information Services, Vassar College (2002 - 2004) Interim Director of the Library and Instructional Technology, Keene State College (NH) (2000 - 2002)  
Wide spectrum of IT consulting for colleges and universities: leadership, planning, governance, organization, staff development, ERP selection and post-purchase developments, educational technologies, project management, service support, infrastructure mangement. Also, library-IT issues, digital images/resources/documents management. And, IT in the consortium setting.   Albion College Amarillo College Amherst College College of Notre Dame of Maryland Columbia Teachers College Connecticut College Drake University Drew University Five Colleges, Inc. Galveston College Gettysburg College Hartwick College Hotchkiss School Jewish Theological Seminary Keene State College Lakeland Community College (OH) Lewis and Clark College Lone Star College Macalaster College Middlebury College Mount Allison University (NB, Canada) Mount Holyoke College Mount Mary College (Milwaukee) Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh) Occidental College Ohio State University Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Sarah Lawrence College Smith College Springfield College St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia) Swarthmore College Teachers College Columbia University Union County College University of New Hampshire, Manchester University of Rochester Vassar College Washington College

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