Thomas Hull Appointed Assistant Vice President for the Office of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Queens College

— With More than 20 Years in Academic, Research, and Corporate Technology, Hull is an Award-Winning Administrator Who Has Led the Design and Implementation of Innovative Computing Services; Will Manage the College’s
Office of Information Technology ​– 

Queens, N.Y., March 12, 2018—Queens College has announced the appointment of Thomas A. Hull as new Assistant Vice President for the Office of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, following a national search. Hull was most recently the chief information officer and chief technology officer at Florida Polytechnic University and at the Moffitt Cancer Center, affiliates of the University of Southern Florida. He is replacing the outgoing assistant vice president and chief information officer, Claudia Colbert, who managed the college’s large and diverse platform of computing and communication services.

With digital change an ever present challenge to college faculty, students, and staff, Hull brings extensive experience in designing new and complex systems that support laboratories, data centers, digital media labs, learning commons, and other components of modern university needs. He has managed strategic technology plans for academic computing, instituted responsive management and computing service procedures and policies, and introduced emerging technologies. At Florida Polytechnic University, a new institution, he was responsible for building its computing from the ground up, including the largest 3D printing innovation center in the United States—a project for which he received a national award.

“In today’s world, our ability to deliver up-to-date computing and communication facilities is key to fulfilling our promise of providing excellent public education. Thomas Hull will help us face and meet the challenges in this dynamic area,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “We also count ourselves very fortunate to see our Office of Information Technology pass from one set of very capable hands to another. We are deeply grateful to retiring AVP and CIO Claudia Colbert for her nearly five years of service to the college and for the many initiatives that she spearheaded while here,” he added.

Hull has received national recognition for his vision and work in academic computing, which includes his years at Pace University, Siena College, and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. He is an expert in Blackboard, Campus Portal, DegreeWorks, cloud services, and other arenas essential to higher education.

He is also active in professional organizations and consortia (including as chief technology officer of the University Healthsystem Consortium of 115 academic medical centers), and is an executive consultant to numerous colleges and universities as well as the New York State Board of Cooperative Education Services.

“Thomas Hull brings to Queens College an impressive combination of  technical expertise, business sense, and academic experience,” said William Keller, Vice President for Finance and Administration. “He is the right person to manage this critical office as we work to identify and implement solutions to QC’s information technology needs.”

“I am very impressed with Queens College and am excited to be joining such an excellent community, leadership and OIT group.  I look forward to contributing to the future of the institution with innovation and technology for creating new possibilities for students, faculty and staff,” said AVP/CIO Hull.

Hull holds a BA in computer information science from the State University of New York at Potsdam and an MS in computer engineering from Syracuse University.

About the Queens College Office of Information Technology
The Queens College Office of Information Technology (OIT) manages computing and communication technologies for the entire campus. It maintains computer labs and a help desk for students, faculty, and staff. OIT also provides wireless, network, telephone, web, audio-video, and digital media services, with responsibility for managing CUNYfirst, campus email, CUNY Portal, Blackboard, and authentication services for and Google for Education. It ensures compliance with CUNY’s Information Technology security policy.

About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

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Maria Matteo
Office of Communications
Assistant Director, News Services