Uni of Adelaide appoints new CIO



blog The University of Adelaide has appointed a new chief information officer, Mark Gregory, it announced last week. The full media release is below:

The University of Adelaide today announced the appointment of Mr Mark Gregory as Chief Information Officer commencing in July 2013. Mr Gregory’s appointment reflects an increasing focus on e-learning and IT across both education and research portfolios at the University.

University of Adelaide Vice-President (Services and Resources) Mr Paul Duldig said that the appointment of Mr Gregory, who is currently Associate Vice-President (Finance and Administration) at Portland State University, is a coup for the University as it moves towards implementing its new 10 year Strategic Plan: Beacon of Enlightenment.

“In December 2012, the University of Adelaide’s launched its new strategic plan which outlines the need to enhance e-learning and IT capacity to meet the changing requirements of students and research,” Mr Duldig said. “Over the coming decade, the University plans to treble its investment on IT learning support and e-learning. We are committed to an organisational transformation that will see our institution recognised as Australia’s most distinctive university.

“Mr Gregory will be pivotal in guiding our IT planning and investment to ensure the University captures the best of the digital revolution in the higher education sector,” said Mr Duldig. “His extensive university experience and strong, entrepreneurial leadership will support the roll out of the new Strategic Plan right across our business.”

Mr Gregory said that he is looking forward to relocating to South Australia and joining the University of Adelaide at such an important time in the lead up to its 150th anniversary. “I am honoured to have been selected as CIO and I am eager to get to work with the faculty, staff, students and the broader Adelaide community,” said Mr Gregory.

“The new 10 year Strategic Plan acknowledges the significant changes underway in higher education globally and the key role of technology. World-class technology will be essential to remain competitive, enhance student learning and grow research collaboration opportunities. It is an ideal time for the technology team to make a transformative contribution to a great institution,” he said.

Mr Gregory joined Portland State University in 1998 as Director/Manager, Computing and Networking Services before taking on the role of Chief Information Officer in 2000, a position he held until 2006. He then became Associate Vice-President (Finance and Administration) at Portland State University with responsibility for numerous infrastructure services units including information technology, facilities and planning, campus public safety, campus sustainability, housing, parking & transportation and on-campus businesses.

Previously, Mr Gregory held senior IT roles at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now Education Northwest) and Applied Systems, Inc. He also founded Renaissance Technologies Inc, an IT implementation and software development company servicing secondary schools, law offices, banks, state agencies and non-profit entities. Mr Gregory holds a BSc (Computer Science and Mathematics) from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Portland State University.