Avoiding failure, the authors suggest, can be just as important for IT professionals as emulating success. Lessons ensue.
Greg Jackson currently serves as Educational Counselor at MIT and Trustee at the La Jolla Community Planning Association. Through Fortium Partners LP, an IT turnaround and technology services firm, he recently provided interim IT leadership for the San Diego Community College District. Previously he served as Vice President and CIO at the University of Chicago, Vice President for Policy at EDUCAUSE, Vice President for University Outreach at NBCUniversal, Director of Academic Computing at MIT, Associate Professor at Harvard, and Assistant Professor at Stanford.
At the University of Chicago, Jackson managed the University’s $70-million, 375-person central computing organization, which provides facilities, telephones, communications, networking, administrative computing, academic computing, a computer store, and related services to the campus community. At MIT, he oversaw the Institute’s $6-million budget for instructional and scholarly technology, including the Athena Computing Environment and other Information Systems facilities serving the teaching and learning needs of MIT faculty and students.
At EDUCAUSE and NBCUniversal, Jackson focused on technology-related policy trends, issues, and challenges that affect higher education (such as federal and state policy, competition, demographic changes, and vendor interactions).
At Stanford and Harvard, Jackson taught courses in analytic approaches to decision making, statistical and qualitative research methods, and policy analysis, and a first-year seminar on the scientific integrity of murder mysteries. Jackson is co-author of two books–Who Gets Ahead? and Future Boston—and of numerous articles, reports, and teaching cases related to evaluation and planning methods in higher education; research, instructional, library, and enterprise library computing in universities; admissions and college-choice issues; and the selection and use of comparison groups for colleges.
Born in California and raised in Mexico, Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree from MIT and his doctorate from Harvard.
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The Federal Communications Commission recently opened a proceeding to consider how to reform its collection of fees for the Universal Service Fund and may reach a decision in this matter later this year.