The College searches for a new CIO: Sullivan promises ubiquitous wireless access, cloud integration

Sullivan stressed his intention to improve wireless access on campus.
Sullivan stressed his intention to improve wireless access on campus.

N.J. native, Rutgers graduate and a 30- year veteran in the field of information technology, George J. Sullivan is a candidate for the College’s open chief information officer position, and spoke at the College on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Library Auditorium.

“I would like to return to N.J. and contribute my skills and energies to the mission of a four-year institution that primarily educates N.J. students,” he said.

Sullivan began his IT career at his alma mater, Rutgers University, as an assistant manager of the Administrative Computing Center. It was there that Sullivan realized he had an interest in the IT field. To complement the technical learning he was acquiring, he worked to received his MBA part-time from Rutgers in management science.

Over a 14-year span at Rutgers, Sullivan rose through the ranks of Rutgers’s computing services as he managed the department that first brought in and supported personal computers, led teams that brought about numerous innovations, and overall kept Rutgers up to date and on the cutting edge of technology over the years.

After Rutgers, Sullivan moved on to Yeshiva College in N.Y., where he became the director of academic computing and networking and support services. At Yeshiva, Sullivan rose through the ranks as he selected and implemented major software systems, lead the installation of networking in student dorms and wireless capability in all on-campus buildings, among many other accomplishments.

Sullivan then went on to Delaware County Community College in Media, Pa.  In this job Sullivan assumed even more of a leadership role as he was not only the  school’s CIO, but also the vice president.

On top of Sullivan’s desire to return home to N.J. and work with local students after 17 years of working for institutions out of state. Sullivan also thinks highly of the College. “The College is an institution with a long-standing prestigious reputation for providing a quality educational experience,” he said “I feel even more strongly after visiting the campus last week and meeting the staff and faculty.”

Sullivan looks to add to his track record of improving the IT departments of the institutions he’s at. Sullivan said his first priority would be to install wireless access everywhere on campus.

Another priority for Sullivan would be to work in conjunction with faculty to find a replacement for the current SOCS system.  Sullivan said, “The College needs to expand the use of such systems and there are significant web based systems available with increased functionalities and expanded help for faculty and students 24/7.”

Other concepts that Sullivan would like to bring to the College would be to increase the technology installed in classrooms and labs, bring capacity for mobile device functions to campus integrate social media programs into campus, and looking at implementing cloud computing systems, an example of which would be Google apps, where the return would be worth the investment.

“I believe that it’s imperative that TCNJ (and colleges in general) provides solid, full-function IT systems that are available anytime, from anywhere, and on any device,” Sullivan said.

Exercise science major Michael Yarish, who attended Sullivan’s on-campus open forum said, “I really like the ideas that Sullivan brings to the table.  He seems like a dynamic leader who will bring energy and experience to the job.”

J. Sullivan, a candidate for the college’s open Chief Information Officer position, said, “I would like to return to New jersey and contribute my skills and energies to the mission of a four-year institution that primarily educates New Jersey students.”

Sullivan began his IT career at his alma mater, Rutgers University, as an assistant manager of the Administrative Computing Center.  It was there that Sullivan realized he had good aptitude and interest in the IT field.  To complement the technical learning he was acquiring he worked to received his MBA part-time from Rutgers in management science.

Over fourteen years at Rutgers Sullivan rose through the ranks of Rutgers’s computing services as he managed the department that first brought in and supported personal computers, led teams that brought about numerous innovations, and overall kept Rutgers up to date and on the cutting edge of technology over years.

After years at Rutgers, Sullivan moved on to Yeshiva College in New York, New York where he became the Director of Academic Computing and Networking and Support Services.  At Yeshiva Sullivan continued to rise through the ranks as he selected and implemented major software systems, lead the installation of networking in student dorms and wireless capability in all on-campus buildings among many other accomplishments.

Sullivan then moved on to Delaware County Community College in Media, PA.  In this job Sullivan assumed even more of a leadership role as he was not only the CIO of DCCC, but also the vice-president.  Here Sullivan was a member of the college’s senior management team and managed a budget of over 5 million dollars.

On top of Sullivan’s desire to return home to New Jersey and work with local students after 17 years of working for institutions outside of New Jersey.  Sullivan also thinks highly of the college.  He said, “the College is an institution with along-standing prestigious reputation for providing a quality educational experience.”  Sullivan’s attraction to the College’s reputation and academic community has only grown with his visit to campus.  Sullivan commented, “I feel even more strongly after visiting the campus last week and meeting the staff and faculty.”

Sullivan looks to add to his track record of improving the IT departments of the institutions he’s at. The first priority for Sullivan would be to install wireless access everywhere.  He said, “This would be my highest priority.”

Another priority for Sullivan would be to work in conjunction with faculty to find a replacement for the current SOCS system.  Sullivan says, “the College needs to expand the use of such systems and there are significant web based systems available with increased functionalities and expanded help for faculty and students 24 x 7.”

Other concepts that Sullivan would like to bring to the College would be to increase the technology installed in classrooms and labs, bring capacity for mobile device functions to campus, integrate social media programs into campus, and looking at implementing cloud computing systems, an example of which would be google apps, where the return would be worth the investment.

Sullivan said, “I believe that it’s imperative that TCNJ (and colleges in general) provides solid, full-function IT systems that are available anytime, from anywhere, and on any device.”

Exercise science major Michael Yarish, who attended Sullivan’s on-campus open forum said, “I really like the ideas that Sullivan brings to the table.  He seems like a dynamic leader who will bring energy and experience to the job.”