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Mr. John (Jack) Suess

Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

The Vice President of Information Technology is the university's Chief Information Officer (CIO). The Vice President provides university leadership for information technology at UMBC and serves on executive leadership team of the university. The Vice President is responsible for  providing information technology services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, coordination, budget, personnel, and policy related to information technology at UMBC.

Mr. Jack Suess is an alum of UMBC and has worked at UMBC since 1981. He holds a B.A. Mathematics and M.S. Operations Analysis. Throughout the years he has taught a number of courses at UMBC, including Computer Organization and Assembly Programming, Unix System Administration, and Computers and Society. He has led UMBC information technology since 1997 and was appointed UMBC CIO in 2000. During his tenure UMBC has been recognized as a leader in the use of information technology. Some notable achievements:

1997 - UMBC selected among the first 50 universities in the country to participate in the National Science Foundation high-speed network program, vBNS (Suess was PI).
1999 - UMBC selected in the top-50 "most wired" universities by Wiired magazine.
2000 - UMBC among twelve institutions selected to participate in the Internet2 "Early Adopters" program to bring up advanced middleware services.
2003 - UMBC selected 25th among universities in the "most wireless" by Intel and Cisco.
2007 - UMBC selected by IBM to be an IBM Cell Center of Excellence and be among the first universities with access to IBM new cell technology.
2014 - UMBC selected to participate in National Science Foundation CC*IIE program, Suess is PI.

Mr. Jack Suess serves (or has served) in a number of national information technology leadership activities, these include:

2014- present  EDUCAUSE Board of Directors
2014 - present  IMSglobal Board of Directors - (named Chair in December 2014)
2013 - present  Board of Directors, Center for Higher Education Studies (CHECS)
2013-present EDUCAUSE ECAR Strategies Committee
2012-2014 EDUCAUSE IT Issues committee
2011-12 InCommon Federation, Chair
2010 InCommon Federation Vice-Chair
2010 EDUCAUSE National Conference Program Committee Chair
2010-2013 Internet2 Board of Trustees
2009-2014 - InCommon Steering Committee
2007-Present  Internet2 Advisory Council - Applications, Middleware, and Services  Advisory Council, Chair 2010-2011.
2007-2009 EDUCAUSE Network Policy Council
2007-20011 REN-ISAC Executive Advisory Group  (Chair 2006-2009)
2006-2010  Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group
2001-2007 EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force (chair 2003-2006)

Mr. Suess is a frequent speaker on technology, especially security and identity management. Some of his recent talks are listed on his talks page .

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