Mely Tynan


Amelia (Mely) Tynan is Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer at Tufts University. She oversees academic and administrative technology services, including campus technology infrastructure (voice, data communications, data center, system services, and support services). As VP and CIO, she co-chairs the Information Technology Council, collaborating with schools and partners across campus to position the University to maximize benefits from IT in support of Tufts goals in research, teaching, and service. Joining Tufts in mid-September 2005, Mely Tynan is engaged in an early review of IT through active listening and campus engagement. Infrastructure, integration and innovation are early themes. Before Tufts, Mely served as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for the University of Rochester. As the UR's first CIO, she focused on integration of separate IT units which she consolidated into a unified organization. A shared ITS Center, a shared Data Center, and an expanded Educational Technology Center are some of the benefits from this organizational integration. She oversaw academic technology, administrative computing, data center services, and telecommunications services. In addition, the UR created its first campus IT Strategic Plan under her leadership. Consistent with that plan, major infrastructure improvements were achieved, including coordination of IT initiatives across a very decentralized IT environment. Mely Tynan was Vice Provost for University Information Technology at the University of Arizona before she joined Rochester. While in Arizona for 17 years, Mely held various IT positions in the UA’s Center for Computing and Information Technology. During her tenure, the UA received a vBNS NSF grant, making the UA an early advanced network presence in the region. She led the development of an executive IT council, expanding the strategic role and contributions of IT in campus planning. Mely Tynan is active in national and regional initiatives. She is currently co-chair of the Executive Leadership Seminar for the Seminar for Academic Computing (SAC) and board member of (SAC). From 1998 to 2002, she served on the board of EDUCAUSE where she was elected Secretary and then Vice Chair. She also served as faculty and later as Director of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute. She is currently a board member of NYSERNET, a consortium of New York universities providing advanced data networking facilities for research and education. Community service in Rochester included board participation in the eBusiness association, Rochester Business Alliance CIO Roundtable, and other local initiatives. During the initial founding of Internet2, she was a member of the Application Council, one of three original councils that constituted Internet 2. She also served on the board of SAC (Seminar in Academic Computing in Snowmass, Colorado) which is now affiliated with EDUCAUSE. While in Arizona, she also served on the board of the Science and Technology Park and the City of Tucson IT Council. Other participation in community activities (current and past) include: board membership in YWCA, advisory council to ITEC exposition, e-business Association, and CIO Roundtable with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Mely Tynan holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and previously held academic positions as researcher and assistant professor in psychology. Her psychology research and publications focus on experimental verbal learning, psycholinguistics, memory, and cross-cultural methodologies. She is originally from the Philippines.

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