Jackson to oversee information technologiesGregory Jackson, director of academic computing at MIT, has been appointed Associate Provost for Information Technologies, effective July 1.
Jackson will oversee Networking Services & Information Technology, which includes Academic Computing Services, the Campus Computer Stores and Networking, Telecommunications & Computer Operations.
"Mr. Jackson will take the lead in coordinating our increasingly decentralized resources for academic computing," said Provost Geoffrey Stone. "President Sonnenschein and I are confident that he will do a splendid job to enhance our overall level of service in this increasingly important area of the University."
Stone added, "I want to express my gratitude to Gene Mazenko, who, as Associate Provost last year, managed this newly combined organization on an interim basis, brought its services and staff into closer contact with the faculty and chaired the search for a new Associate Provost. I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Associate Provost Pat Swanson, who will continue to oversee this very complex part of the University until Mr. Jackson's arrival on campus."
Jackson has been an administrator at MIT since 1986. During his tenure there, he directed a study from 1989 to 1991 on academic computation for the 1990s and beyond. Before his appointment in 1992 as director of academic computing, he served as director of educational studies and special projects.
Prior to joining the MIT staff, he was on the faculties at Stanford and Harvard. He was associate professor in Harvard's Graduate School of Education until 1991 and has continued to teach university extension courses there. Jackson received his S.B. in 1970 from MIT and his Ed.D. in 1977 from Harvard.