Tim Foley, Chief Technology Officer, has announced his plans to retire on August 30th, 2019. Since joining Lehigh in 1979, Tim has been an innovative leader in the strategic implementation and management of information technology at the university.
“Over the course of his career, Tim has steadily guided Lehigh through the fast-paced, ever-changing world of information technology,” said Bruce Taggart, Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services. “He has left a legacy of leadership, not only in LTS, but at Lehigh as a whole, ushering in and integrating new technologies during the digital era that have served the entire campus community.”
During his tenure, he has overseen technological advancements at the university, everything from mainframe and microcomputer systems of the 70s and 80s to current day multicluster supercomputing, as well as the continued advancement of desktop and handheld computing across the university. Tim holds BS and MS degrees in Mathematics and a doctorate in Educational Technology from Lehigh. His 1988 dissertation covered the design, implementation, and satisfaction of a campus-wide information system (CWIS) which was so popular that remnants of it still exist today in Lehigh’s campus portal. He also oversaw the development and launch of WIRED (World-wide Information Resources in Every Dorm), which connected students’ personal computers to the high-speed backbone network. This program gave them freedom to work outside computer labs, with ease of access to a host of software for their course work.
In shaping information technology at Lehigh, Tim played an integral part in developing a governance model that included ACIS (Advisory Council on Information Systems), ensuring that IT decisions reflected the needs of the Lehigh community.
Throughout his career, Tim has been a champion for staff development throughout LTS, encouraging staff to publish and present at regional and national meetings, and to take advantage of a full range of degree and non-degree continuing education opportunities.
“Tim has been a wonderful colleague to me and members of the LTS leadership team,” Taggart said. “He has always had a great and vocal passion for enhancing technology access and support for our students, faculty, and staff as well as the policies needed to guide our technology and data access uses across our many academic and administrative areas of Lehigh.“
Tim began his Lehigh career as an educational coordinator in the Computing Center and later held positions such as technical consultant, manager of user services, associate director of computing, and director of client computing and library services. His current position provides oversight responsibility for the Client Services, Enterprise Systems, and Technology, Infrastructure and Operations teams.
Foley has authored and presented over seventy papers at national and international conferences on the problems and issues of developing, implementing, and managing university information systems. Tim has been honored with the following awards: the 2017 ACM SIGUCCS Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service, the 2011 ACM SIGUCCS Hall of Fame Award, the 2005 Lehigh University Distinguished Service Award and was inducted as a 1984 Charter member of Pi Mu Epsilon Moravian College's Honorary National Mathematics Society. He was the primary author of the 2004 EDUCAUSE Award for “Systematic Progress in Teaching and Learning." This award was in recognition of the Lehigh Lab virtual campus learning model, as well as Lehigh’s team-based approach to providing support to the university. Tim has taught graduate courses in instructional programming as well as undergraduate courses in mathematics and computer science, and was a Liberty High School mathematics instructor and track coach before coming to Lehigh.
In retirement, Tim will continue to be active in indoor/outdoor rowing, cycling, and racquetball. He and his wife Saralyn will also be quite busy keeping up with their 19 grandchildren.
A search committee is being formed to seek a successor.
We wish Tim well in his retirement and thank him for his extraordinary commitment and service to the university. An on-campus reception will be held on Tuesday, August 27th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Linderman Library Rotunda. We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate Tim’s long career and contributions to the advancement of technology at Lehigh.