PhD 1995, Sociology
Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Gerry McCartney is responsible for overseeing Purdue University’s information technology organization. He also holds an appointment as the Inaugural Director of the Innovation for Commercialization Center.
Under McCartney's leadership, Purdue has developed the nation's largest campus cyberinfrastructure for research, with five supercomputers listed in the internationally known Top500 list. Also during his tenure, Purdue has developed some of the nation's most advanced learning and classroom technologies, including Signals and Hotseat. In addition, in 2010 McCartney provided oversight to a campus-wide restructuring of the information technology resources used by the nearly 15,000 faculty and staff on campus.
McCartney is an associate professor in Purdue's College of Technology and is the inaugural recipient of the Olga Oesterle England Professorship of Information Technology.
Before becoming CIO, McCartney served two years as assistant dean for technology at Purdue's Krannert School of Management, where he taught in the MBA, executive MBA and engineering management programs. From 1993 to 2004, McCartney was associate dean and chief information officer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He was director of the Krannert Computing Center from 1990 to 1993 and was manager of user services at the Purdue Computing Center from 1988 to 1990. He also has held managerial positions in the computing centers at both the University of Notre Dame and Maynooth College in Ireland.