University of Rochester

Tynan Named University's First Chief Information Officer

February 22, 1999

Amelia Tynan, the University of Arizona's vice provost for university information technology, has been named vice provost and chief information officer at the University of Rochester effective May 1. The newly established position at Rochester will direct strategic planning and operations of the University's academic and administrative computing, network and Internet systems, and telecommunications.

"Mely Tynan was the top choice among a number of very able candidates," said Provost Charles Phelps. "She has an extensive understanding of all of the areas she will oversee."

The growing integration of computing, Internet, and telecommunications "now demands that we have a single individual focusing on the strategic decisions we continually need to make," Phelps added.

Tynan has been vice provost for university information technology at the University of Arizona since 1994. In that role, she has been responsible for leadership and coordination of information systems and technology services, including administrative, academic, and telecommunications facilities and services. She has been chair of both the campus Information Technology Council and the President's Technology Council.

Before assuming that position, Tynan led a major two-year transition of the University's central computer center, the Center for Computing and Information Technology (CCIT), from a "monopoly provider" to a more flexible and partnership-oriented organization. Under her leadership since 1994, the University of Arizona accomplished major technology improvements in dorm and campus building connectivity, campus e-mail, and Web services; in vBNS and Internet2 participation; in supercomputing improvements; and in developing instructional technology partnerships with faculty.

She joined the University of Arizona in 1982, serving successively in the Center for Computing and Information Technology as a computer applications specialist, academic computing manager, telecommunications assistant director, and director of user support. She was a programmer/analyst at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio, for two prior years.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Saint Paul College, Philippines, and her master's in psychology from the University of the Philippines. She taught in the University of the Philippines' psychology department from 1971 through 1979.

Tynan has been the University of Arizona's institutional representative to EDUCAUSE, the country's largest technology organization for higher education. Last December, she was elected to EDUCAUSE's board of trustees, and she teaches in its leadership institute for CIOs. She won five of the Governor's Spirit of Excellence Awards in 1996 for organizational excellence and project team accomplishments. She also won the 1995 Outstanding Asian American Award in Tucson, and the 1998 Women on the Move award from the Tucson YWCA.