Computerworld Names Marist VP of IT/ CIO William Thirsk to Premier 100 IT Leaders

Bill ThirskDecember 5, 2012–IDG's Computerworld announces William Thirsk as a 2013 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree. This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

"The Premier 100 awards program showcases the exceptional work of a dedicated group of technology-savvy business leaders who are driving huge change in their organizations through IT," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Every day, these exemplary business leaders make strategic 100 technology decisions that track to their organizations' top priorities. These 100 men and women keep a keen eye on the changing landscape of political, economic, regulatory and technology trends that are driving significant shifts in IT. We are very pleased to recognize the leadership and honor the achievements of the 2013 Premier 100 honorees."

Bill joined Marist College in June 2007. As Vice President and Chief Information Officer, he oversees all areas of information technology and other enterprise support units. 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.

 “On behalf of the entire Marist community, I want to congratulate Bill on this well-deserved honor,” said Marist College President

Dennis Murray. “The smart use of IT in the classroom and across all college operations has been a key factor in Marist’s emergence as a technological leader in higher education,” Murray added. “Bill’s entrepreneurial spirit and focus on both student and institutional outcomes have contributed greatly to the College’s success on this front.”

"Winning this prestigious award is very humbling," said Mr. Thirsk. "Every innovation requires the one before it and every success at the executive level requires a lot of successes throughout the organization."

Bill's Current Projects

  • Dignity in the workplace

  • Use competitive open market principles to ensure success which also means sometimes experiencing failure

  • Be willing to take intelligent risks

  • Partner with the people you work with to succeed

About the Premier 100
The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year, nominees are invited to complete a questionnaire that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at 

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results.  Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

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