Allan H. Dobrin, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Chief Information Officer of the City of New York, was appointed last night by the Board of Trustees as Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the City University of New York. His appointment was recommended by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein following a national search.
Mr. Dobrin has held senior executive managerial positions for more than two decades including high level positions in three mayoral administrations. He currently is responsible for directing technology policy and overseeing the performance of more than 3,000 technologists in 48 agencies with a budget of more than $1 billion.
“Allan Dobrin is an experienced manager whose work in complex organizations has led to significant contributions in the use of technology and management information systems,” Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said. “Combined with his exemplary knowledge of New York City government, Allan’s qualifications make him uniquely suited for this important position.”
Mr. Dobrin, a graduate of Queens College, began his career in city government in 1980 as Director of Management in the Board of Education’s Office of Budget Operations. Mr. Dobrin in 1988 was appointed Deputy Director for Citywide Services. His responsibilities included the monitoring of operations and service delivery for seven city agencies and advising the mayor and first deputy mayor on related policy, legislation and budgetary matters.
In 1990, he joined the Mayor’s Office of Operations where he managed the city’s Office of Information Technology and led efforts to develop and implement innovations that improved efficiency of government operations. During this period, Mr. Dobrin was responsible for the establishment of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and was instrumental in the acquisition and installation of the City Access kiosks located throughout the five boroughs.
In 1996, he joined the city Health and Hospitals Corporation as Deputy Director of Management and Support Services for Bellevue Hospital Center. The following year, Mr. Dobrin was named Deputy Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and executive director of the Mayor’s Task Force on Special Education. That task force issued sweeping recommendations on reforming the Board of Education’s $2.5 billion Special Education Program.
As Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mr. Dobrin is responsible for developing the city’s E-government program including the nation’s largest municipal web site with more than 30,000 pages of content and an average of 4 million page views per month. He is also responsible for the city’s cable television and high capacity telecommunications franchises.
The Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer portfolio includes responsibility for finance, information technology, facilities management and human resources. Mr. Dobrin will take a lead role in achieving three key objectives: transferring increased authority to the presidents of the University’s 20 campuses; providing a more accountable and supportive administration to the campuses; and working with them to ensure the development and measurement of best practices.
Mr. Dobrin is a lifelong resident of New York City, and has taught in the master’s degree program at Baruch College. Marlene Springer, the President of the College of Staten Island, chaired the search committee that recommended finalists to the Chancellor for the position.