With the continuing trend of private-sector IT leaders moving into higher education, the author offers some observations and advice to ease the transition.
Tom Murphy serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and the University Chief Information Officer at the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he is responsible for the University’s central IT organization, Information Systems and Computing (ISC), which is comprised of 300 + staff members who plan for, acquire, develop, and support core infrastructure and enterprise-wide products and services for faculty, students and staff to further the education, research and administrative activities of Penn. As University CIO, Tom guides the evolution, integration and effective use of computing resources throughout Penn. He has overall responsibility for the consultative and operating committees that shape priorities to meet the ever-increasing demand for information technology and advises the President, Provost, Executive Vice President, and Board of Trustees on issues involving IT.
Tom has more than thirty years of knowledge and experience in information systems and telecommunications within large corporate environments. He served as the CIO of DaVita HealthCare Partners, where he was responsible for all information technology supporting the company’s business and clinical operations. Prior to DaVita Tom was the senior vice president and CIO of AmerisourceBergen, a $120 billion provider of pharmaceutical and health-care services, and before that he served as CIO for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Tom is also an Independent Board Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond.