Computer Services’ Barbara Dolhansky named a top leader in IT
The holiday season is upon us, and with all the shopping comes a spike in TV and newspaper coverage about the importance of keeping one’s identity safe and secure.
On many college campuses, however, students are identified by their Social Security numbers, and identity theft is a year-round concern.
At Temple, Barbara Dolhansky’s efforts to dispense with Social Security numbers as identification earned her a spot on Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007 list.
The complete list of the Premier 100 was published in the Dec. 11 issue of IDG’s Computerworld and appears online at www.computerworld.com/07/p100.
Dolhansky, an associate vice president of Computer Services, headed the effort to protect the Temple community’s information by switching from Social Security numbers to nine-digit TUid numbers in July 2005. The project, a massive undertaking, took 16 months to complete and resulted in 45,000 new OWLcards being issued to Temple students, faculty and staff.
In order to switch numbers, three major systems across the University — the student, financial management and Human Resources systems — as well as ancillary systems such as OWLnet, Diamond Dollars and parking, had to be converted in order to accept the TUid numbers.
“This was a very large effort and was accomplished only through the dedication and hard work of a number of individuals across the University, both inside and outside of Computer Services,” Dolhansky said. “It was a massive conversion, but it was implemented with minimal disruption or complication. This literally changed the way that Temple identifies people and how the University does business.”
Computerworld’s 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders list honors those executives who have led their organizations by mentoring and motivating employees, envisioning innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively managing and executing IT strategies. Dolhansky, along with her fellow honorees, will be recognized at the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference in March in Palm Desert, Calif.
“Barbara is a terrific person and an extremely fine leader and dedicated employee; I’m lucky to have her,” said Tim O’Rourke, vice president for Computer and Information Services. “One of the most important projects we’ve done in the last four years has been the elimination of Social Security numbers as identification. It was a huge job that took more than 15,000 hours, and Barbara led the way. The project was done flawlessly.”
Dolhansky is the fourth individual from Temple to receive this honor. Other Premier 100 leaders from previous years are: Fox School of Business Associate Dean for Information Technology John DeAngelo (2002), O’Rourke (2004), and Associate Vice President for Computer Services Sheri Stahler (2006).
“I’m really honored by the recognition, which carries on a Temple tradition,” said Dolhansky, who has been at Temple for 17 years. “I also feel proud that this honor continues to highlight the fact that Temple is in the forefront of the educational community and is innovative in its use of technology. This is icing on the cake of my overall career here, where I’ve had the opportunity to take classes, teach and promote the use of technology.”
In addition to this honor from Computerworld, Temple was recognized for its leadership in the IT field when it was included in the publication’s 13th annual Best Places to Work in IT list this past fall.
— Alix Gerz