BiographyBetty Leydon has served since October 1994 as Duke University's first Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In this role, she has responsibility for the effective management and use of information technology resources at the University. This responsibility entails providing leadership, strategic planning, financial oversight, and executive administration for the University's computing services, networking, telecommunications, and video and Cable TV services.
At Duke, Ms. Leydon created and now works and consults with the Information Technology Advisory Committee, a group of faculty members, administrators, students, and staff who advise the Vice Provost on issues of computing, telephony, video, and other information technology matters.
Before coming to Duke, Ms. Leydon served for six years as the Executive Director for Computing and Information Services at the University of New Hampshire. Earlier positions at UNH included Executive Director for University Computing and Director of DISCovery, a UNH program promoting the development and use of technology in teaching and learning.
Prior to her work at the University of New Hampshire, Ms. Leydon was Manager of Software Development at D. C. Heath and Company; teaching and research assistant in the Department of English at UNH; an English professor at a French business school; a marketing representative and systems engineer for IBM; and a computer programmer for Mobil Oil Corporation.
A native of Rochester, New York, Ms. Leydon lived in France from 1974 to 1981. She earned her B.A. in 1967 from Bucknell University, an M.A. in English and American language, literature, and civilization in 1981 from l'Universite de Nantes, and an M.A. in English language and linguistics in 1982 from the University of New Hampshire.