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Search committee for the Vice President for Information Technology selects finalists for campus interviews


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 11, 2012 – The third candidate, Viji Murali, will present a seminar on June 26, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Holtzman Alumni Center in the Alumni Assembly Hall. A reception will be held following the presentation, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Latham Ballroom A.

Murali is the vice president for information services and chief information officer at Washington State University. In this role, she also oversees the marketing and publishing programs at the university.

She has a master’s degree in computer science from The University of Arizona as well as a master’s degree in organic chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Osmania University in India.

Murali previously served as the vice president for information technology and chief information officer for Western Michigan University and the director of systems management at the University of Arizona. She also held several other related positions at the University of Arizona, including computing manager, systems programmer principal/project lead, and systems administrator.

She has presented at several conferences and seminars across the country and is active in several professional associations and groups, including the Association of Public Land Grant Universities, Washington Higher Education Technology Consortium, Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, and Northern Tier Network Consortium. She served on the board of the MERIT network in Michigan, and is currently vice president of the board of the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON). Read her curriculum vitae.

The search committee encourages all Virginia Tech employees to submit feedback via the online survey.

Search committee for the Vice President for Information Technology selects second finalist for campus interviews

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 12, 2012 -- The second candidate, Phillip D. Long, will present a seminar on June 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center  in the Solitude room. A reception will be held following the presentation, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Phillip D. Long

Long is a professor of innovation and educational technology in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and the director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Technology at The University of Queensland in Australia. He is also a visiting scientist in the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Long has a Ph.D. in biology from the Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor's degree in psychobiology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He previously served as the director of learning outreach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the iCampus initiative. He also held several others roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including associate director in the Office of Educational Innovation & Technology, and senior strategist for Strategic Technologies and Outreach. Long has also held related positions at Seton Hall University, William Paterson University, Rutgers University, and the SUNY Health Science Center where he was associate director in the Health Science Research Library.

Long has presented at several conferences and seminars across the world.  He has also authored numerous journal articles and served as an investigator on several technology-related grants. He is also active in several professional associations and groups, and currently serves as a board member of the New Media Consortium, the Society for Learning Analytics and Research, the Global Online Laboratory Consortium, and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning. Read his curriculum vitae.

The search committee encourages all Virginia Tech employees to submit feedback via the online survey.

Search committee for the Vice President for Information Technology selects first finalist for campus interviews

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 11, 2012 -- Last spring, after many years of service to the Virginia Tech, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Earving L. Blythe announced his retirement from his senior leadership position effective Aug. 1, 2012.  

As part of the interview and selection process for the next vice president, three candidates have been selected to visit the campus in the coming weeks.

University and community members are invited to attend each candidate’s open forum presentation on “Vision of Information Technology in Higher Education: Opportunities for the next five years and beyond.”

Steve Corbato

The first candidate, Steve Corbato, will present a seminar on June 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Owens Hall Banquet Room (north side). A reception will be held following the presentation, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Corbato is the executive director of cyberinfrastructure in the Office of Information Technology at the University of Utah. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah.

Corbato has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in physics from Rice University. 

He previously served as the associate director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah and has held related positions with Internet2, the University of Washington, and NorthWestNet.

Corbato has played significant higher education information technology leadership roles at the campus, regional, and national levels. He has served as a reviewer and committee of visitors member for the National Science Foundation and is also active in several professional associations and groups, including the Association for Computing Machinery, the Internet2 Connector and Network Member Principals Group, and FirstMile.US. Corbato is also the deputy exhibits chair for the annual SC12 high performance computing conference. Read his curriculum vitae.

The search committee encourages all Virginia Tech employees to submit feedback via the online survey.