Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Over his 30-year career, David Dodd has held leadership positions in higher education, research and development, business, law, and government.
“Stevens Institute of Technology is an incredible institution with a distinguished history of educational excellence and innovation,” said Dodd. “The faculty, staff, students and leadership team are among the very best, and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to be part of the Stevens community, particularly at a time of such extraordinary opportunities. My team and I fully intend to make excellence in technology a hallmark of Stevens nationally and internationally in support of teaching, learning, scholarship and research.”
Most recently, Dodd served as Vice President for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer at Xavier University, where he was responsible for Xavier’s academic and administrative technology programs, the library, instructional technology and multimedia, online course development and support, web services, registrar, institutional research and strategic information resources.
Dodd’s many accomplishments in this role include: the restructuring of all legacy units within the Information Resources division to create a fully integrated customer-centric, service-driven organization; establishment of a strategic technology improvement plan to achieve excellence in information technology and services; modernization of Xavier’s technology infrastructure and core services including the consolidation and virtualization of platforms and systems; preparation and annual testing of Xavier’s first disaster recovery/business continuity plan and increased enterprise cyber security; implementation of new web-based systems and online services to advance Xavier’s academic and administrative functions; and co-chairing the Hoff Academic Quadrangle Steering Committee resulting in the creation of the Center for Student Excellence, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and Information Resources Center.
Dodd’s work has been recognized with a number of awards. Xavier’s “Org 3.0” integrated organization/service model was recognized nationally at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and EDUAUSE. In addition, The Road to Xavier portal for accepted students was named the best university website in the nation in 2006 by the Web Marketing Association, and received the Grand Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2009.
"David’s stellar career demonstrates that he is both a pioneer and a thought leader in exploiting the value of technology in higher education,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “Over the next decade, Stevens will build an international reputation for its technology-centric educational programs, and David will be a critical element of our success.”
"I am thrilled that David accepted the Vice President for Information Technology position at Stevens,” added Stevens CFO Randy Greene. “David is a national leader in his field, has deep knowledge and understanding of IT and higher education, and is a terrific individual."
Prior to his role at Xavier, Dodd was Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Executive Director of Information Technology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He previously held a number of positions in academe and industry.
Dodd has made more than 35 presentations in the areas of information technology, virtual learning, change management and strategic planning at national forums such as EDUCAUSE. He has also written extensively on IT and higher education, and has served as the “Emerging Technology” columnist for College Planning and Management since 2002, covering a range of topics from the use of GPS on campus to cloud computing to project management. He has recently taught courses in Global Strategic Thinking, Information Resources and Technology, Strategic Planning and Leadership and has successfully pursued private and competitive funding opportunities. He is active and has held a variety of leadership positions in EDUCAUSE and other organizations.