2016 CTO of the Year – Pennsylvania
Recent advancements in technology at Waynesburg University, a private Christian university in southwestern Pennsylvania, have both changed the way educators interact with students and, likewise, the expectations that students have related to their academic pursuits.
From the introduction of a stable, responsive, secure wireless internet connection that will seamlessly follow students from their dormitories to academic and other University-related spaces to a learning management system that can provide students with real-time feedback on their academic work, Waynesburg University continues to make investments in technology to further enrich student experiences.
Since its founding in 1849, Waynesburg has remained committed to its mission of educating students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. To that end, the University continues to identify and employ faculty and staff who embody the values and perspectives of the Christian faith. Such an example is William (Bill) G. Dumire, TMT’s 2016 CTO of the Year - Pennsylvania, USA.
Working to ensure the mission of the University is achieved through the identification, research, acquisition and adoption of appropriate, state-of-the-art technology, Bill serves as the University’s Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer.
“It’s my deepest honor and privilege to work with such a highly motivated, extremely dedicated team of individuals who care deeply for Waynesburg University and its mission,” Bill said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to help make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, local community members and beyond.”
Bill directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources, serves as a liaison with University offices in the procurement and support for technological resources, helps lead technological strategic planning initiatives and provides leadership to the Information Technology staff and students.
“Bill’s leadership style encourages teamwork,” said Joshua Starsick, Director of Information Technology Services at Waynesburg University. “He has unified the ITS Department. He is a huge proponent of the institutional mission and takes that into account with every decision that he makes.”
Since arriving on campus in June 2013, Bill, along with his team of skilled information technologists, has made significant contributions to the University. These contributions include:
- Leading a comprehensive review of all ITS operations to maximize resources, pinpoint and correct deficiencies, realign priorities to match University goals/objectives, and to identify, research and implement new services and technologies.
- Spearheading a multimillion dollar project to replace the entire network infrastructure, at all campus locations, to provide enhanced operational stability/security, improved outcomes and greatly reduce costs associated with outdated equipment/services.
- Creating a new, highly scalable data center to better meet the current future needs of the University.
- Enhancing help desk operations, with expanded hours, staff and service offerings to better meet the needs of faculty, staff and students.
Together, Bill and his staff work toward a common vision and shared sense of purpose to ensure the needs of Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff are met.
“We all bring unique skillsets, talents and strengths to the table, and I work to make certain we strategically capitalize on these attributes to fulfill the mission of the University,” Bill said. “Never have I worked with such a bright, talented, dedicated and committed group of professionals.”
When asked about challenges, Bill noted the substantial capital investment costs related with technology acquisition, implementation and maintenance.
“We are always looking for partners who would like to invest in the mission of Waynesburg University, and, by extension, our future leaders, by providing funding to further enhance educational experiences and outcomes.”
Bill, who describes himself as an honest, trustworthy servant leader with a commitment to faith that guides all aspects of his professional and personal life, cites his strong sense of mission-driven purpose, unwavering commitment to those he serves, unyielding loyalty and the ability to see the “big picture” as key attributes that have led to his receiving TMT’s award.
“Bill is a real visionary whose love and commitment for the University has resulted in the transformation of a significant aspect of our overall operations,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.
Before joining Waynesburg University, Bill served as the Director of Information Technology Services for the School of Dentistry and the Director of Information Technology Quality Assurance for the Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University. Prior to his higher education career, Bill worked in the private sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems and a Master of Information Systems.
As the 2016 CTO of the Year – Pennsylvania, Bill’s primary goal is to ensure more people know the inspiring story of Waynesburg University.
“I want to spend the rest of my professional career helping Waynesburg University achieve its mission,” Bill said. “This is my dream job. I love what I do, the people I work with, and the impact Waynesburg University is having across the globe.”
Waynesburg University invests in its students' growth by providing them with hands-on opportunities beginning freshman year, and by offering opportunities for them to learn through service, both domestically and abroad – all at a great value.
Nationally ranked as a top school for educational value by The Economist, the Brookings Institution, CollegeNet, MONEY Magazine and Christian Universities Online, the University offers an outcome-driven education in more than 70 undergraduate major concentrations and several graduate programs.
“To play a part in this process is both humbling and incredibly rewarding, and the CTO award belongs to all those who serve Waynesburg University as true servant leaders.”
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