Jack Chen


Jack Chen retired in October 2018 and works as a consultant until the end of December 2018. He served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Adelphi University and overaw the Office of Information Technology from 2002 to 2018. Since his appointment in 2002, he has been in the forefront of developing and expanding instructional, multimedia and distance education technology. He also provides leadership in the areas of enterprise computing, instructional technology, desktop support, user training, website design, cyber security, and network and telecommunication infrastructure.

Chen has brought many changes to Adelphi University and has fostered a collaborative approach to working with the campus constituents. He oversaw the expansion of multimedia resources and the deployment of the campus-wide wireless network. In addition, Chen leads the IT team to collaborate with the University external and internal auditors on annual IT audit and special projects.

Prior to joining Adelphi, Chen held various IT management positions in both the public and private sectors. He was the Director of Network and Administrative Systems at Barnard College of Columbia University where he led the team in revamping the campus-wide network infrastructure by deploying Cisco backbone and wireless network. Prior to Barnard, he was the Director of Systems, Network and Database at the City University of New York (CUNY) Central Administration for over 15 years. During that period, he participated in the development of the CUNY Student Information Management Systems (SIMS) and oversaw the CUNY-wide data centers consolidation and the migration of mainframe to the distributing computing environment. Chen worked as a system software engineer for NCR Corporation in San Diego and as a Senior Database Administrator for Manufacturers Hanover Bank in the early 1980s.

Chen is one of the founders of New York Higher Education Technology Forum and a member of the CIO Council of the Long Island Software and Technology Network (ListNet). He also represents Adelphi University at the Educause and at the New York State CIO Constituent Group.  In 2003, Chen received a grant of over $250,000 from the CampusEAI/Oracle to develop a website portal (ecampus.adelphi.edu) for the campus community. Chen served on CampusEAI Consortium Executive Advisory Board and participated in many executive forums on current technology subjects. Under Chen’s leadership, Adelphi University received ComputerWorld’s Best Practices in Green IT Award in fall 2008.

Jack Chen holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Hunter College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Operations Management from Adelphi University. Chen is an Adjunct Faculty Member in Adelphi’s School of Business as well.