Marist VP &CIO Thirsk Named to Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders

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Marist College VP & CIO Bill Thirsk among IT executives from global companies and institutions to be chosen as Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013. Honored for role in making Marist a technological leader in higher education.

Bill Thirsk, Marist College Vice President & CIO

Bill Thirsk, Marist College vice president of information technology and chief information officer, has been named to the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013.

IDG’s Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership, and business results. The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. Thirsk is now one of only 1,400 CIOs to be awarded this honor.

“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.”

Thirsk joined Marist College in June 2007. As vice president and CIO, he oversees all areas of information technology and other enterprise support units. With over 25 years of experience in higher education technology management, Thirsk is a nationally recognized expert in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and major technology implementations.

Thirsk’s experience in higher education technology management is broad-based, covering such areas as technology strategic planning, applied research, network management, telecommunications, web services, and instructional technology. With an advanced IT platform of a complexity typically found only at large research institutions, Marist College provides Thirsk with ample opportunity to put this experience to use. He is responsible for all technology strategies, operations, and applied research.

Thirsk has provided leadership for the Marist College Joint Studies projects – including a long-standing one with IBM – which are multidisciplinary applied research projects in advanced high-performance computing, open source software development and support, and converged networking. He also leads the college’s many IT-related entrepreneurial endeavors, including a partnership to provide content management services and support to the Archdiocese of New York.

Thirsk currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of NYSERNet, the not-for-profit New York State Internet, education, research, and technology service organization. He is also founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ellucian Community Source Initiative (CSI).

The Premier 100 feature will appear in the Feb. 25th issue of Computerworld and online at

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