Alex Wirth-Cauchon


A sociologist by training, I have spent the bulk of my career working across professions to ensure that the dramatic changes in information services can be used to advance teaching, learning, and research, and the effective operation of higher education institutions. I bring over thirty years experience leading multi-disciplinary, multi-professional, and multi-campus collaborations. I am proud to lead LITS’ expert, passionate, and motivated information services team to advance Mount Holyoke’s mission as a women's college that is gender diverse.

As a blended technology and library organization, LITS is a bridge, connector, and enabler of teaching, learning, scholarship, and the administrative work of the College. LITS’ virtual and physical spaces bring the global Mount Holyoke community together across disciplines, identities, roles on campus, and across professions to collaborate deeply and richly. Over the past year we have risen to the challenge of enabling the community to continue to succeed remotely during COVID. We continually strive to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of the physical and virtual spaces to better connect the Mount Holyoke community to the past and to the future, and to global scholarly conversations across disciplines, and across mediums. LITS serves as an enabler and connector of data, tools, and business processes across the administrative functions, ensuring that each part of the College appropriately benefits from and can tap each other’s work to advance our shared mission.

Away from Mount Holyoke I find my center with my spouse, my daughter, two grandchildren, and by running very long distances often in the woods.

Alex earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Boston College, where he also worked in the Office of Information Technology. He taught sociology at Drake University and Grinnell College before helping to create the Midwest Instructional Technology Center (MITC), and the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) both of which were funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Alex was a Frye Institute Fellow in 2004. Alex first joined Mount Holyoke College in 2009 as Director of Research and Instructional Support and has served as CIO and Executive Director since 2013.

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