Vice President and Chief Information Officer
In June 2007 William Thirsk was appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer. As Vice
President, he oversees all areas of information technology and other enterprise support units including the post office, digital publications, and the computer store. His experience in higher education technology management is broad-based covering such areas as technology planning, network management, telecommunications, web services, and instructional technology. With over 25 years of experience in higher education technology management, Bill is a nationally recognized expert in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and major technology implementations. Over the span of his career, he has accomplished seven successful ERP implementations and consulted for numerous others. Each implementation included major replacements or rebuilds of campus systems, networks, and infrastructures.
Bill previously served as the SunGard Managed Services CIO at Mercy College under a contract arrangement between Mercy and SunGard. SunGard is a major provider of technology services to institutions of higher education. Previous to that, he was Executive Director of Technology and CIO of St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida; Director of Computing at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina; and Director of Administrative Computing at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
At Marist, Bill is responsible for all technology strategies, operations, and applied research. He has provided leadership for the Marist College Joint Studies projects which are multidisciplinary applied research projects in advanced high performance computing, open source software development and support, and converged networking.
Bill currently serves on the Executive Committee of the NYSERNet Board, the not-for-profit, New York State Internet, education, research, and technology service organization. In addition, he serves on both the NYSERNet.Org and the NYSERNet.Net Boards. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the SunGard Community Source Initiative (CSI). Membership represents 1,700 colleges and universities worldwide. CSI was created to enhance the enterprise processing environment across higher education institutions and to generate new markets and opportunities for corporations and entrepreneurs who want to participate in the enhancement of the higher education product suites. Furthermore, Bill is part of the Pillar Group, a SunGard-sponsored technology think tank made up of leading-edge institutions in a position to help shape the ERP market. Bill received a BBA in Business Administration from George Washington University and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. He is also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.