Tracy Futhey, vice provost and chief information officer at Carnegie Mellon University since 1999, is the new vice president for information technology at Duke.
As senior officer for information technology, Futhey will spearhead computing and network technology initiatives that support the university's academic and research missions, one of the primary goals outlined in the university's strategic plan, "Building on Excellence." She also will provide leadership in using information technology to disseminate knowledge and educational programs across the campus and beyond.
Futhey's appointment follows a national search involving about a hundred candidates. She succeeds Betty Leydon, who left Duke last year to assume a similar post at Princeton University.
Futhey, scheduled to begin her new job in mid-March, says she was attracted to Duke because of its commitment to integrate information technology into university life. She says she was impressed with the faculty members, administrators, students, and management staff of Duke's Office of Information Technology (OIT).
As vice provost and chief information officer at Carnegie Mellon, she promoted technology experimentation by faculty, students, and staff in a "living laboratory" environment through projects such as "Wireless Andrew" and "Handheld Andrew." Those two initiatives allow a person to roam anywhere on campus and have e-mail and Internet access from a laptop or handheld computer. She also helped launch a wireless laptop checkout program; a campus-wide scheduling system available to all faculty, staff, and students; and major renovations of computer labs and classroom technology.
Before being promoted to vice provost and chief information officer, Futhey was executive director of Carnegie Mellon's computing services division from 1997 to 1999. Throughout her Carnegie Mellon career, she was responsible for the creation of departments and programs aimed at making technology usable and accessible to all, including the Computer Education Department, the Desktop Support Program, the Strategic Consulting Group, and the Help Center. She earned both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees at Carnegie Mellon.