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SFU welcomes new CIO chief

January 8, 2009

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Jay Black (above) is SFU’s new chief information officer (CIO), responsible for all of the university’s central information technology services, including network and telephone systems, data centres, learning technologies, administrative systems and user support.

Black, a computer science professor, was the CIO from 1996 to 2003 at the University of Waterloo where he managed and coordinated all information systems and technology. He "brings with him a superb balance of experience between academic and administrative computing," says VP-finance Pat Hibbitts.

Black replaces SFU’s first CIO, Jim Cranston, who is retiring. Cranston oversaw the implementation of the PeopleSoft administrative computing software during a period of rapid technology expansion.

Says Hibbitts, "Black’s tenure is likely also to be one of constant change and upgrading of technology."

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