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UAlbany Information Technology Leaders Haile and Sweeton Honored at New York IT Leadership Academy

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 12, 2015) — The New York IT Leadership Academy inducted University at Albany Chief Information Officer Christine E. Haile into its Leadership Hall of Fame and honored UAlbany Information Technology Services (ITS) director of Client Support Services Carole Sweeton with its IT Manager of the Year Award at the Academy’s annual event this week at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Christine E. Haile, CIO

UAlbany Chief Information Officer Christine E. Haile. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

Sponsored by, the Academy presented awards and addressed policy, management and leadership issues facing the future of digital government and the role of the public sector CIO.

“The leadership that Christine and Carole have provided in their respective roles has been instrumental in aligning UAlbany’s IT services with the ever-changing needs of our institution.” said University at Albany President Robert J. Jones. “I’m proud of their accomplishments.”

The IT Leadership Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts of IT leaders engaged in New York State service. Haile, who has spent her career in public higher education, became the University at Albany’s first CIO in 2001, with campus-wide responsibility for information technology policies, programs and services. She manages the central IT organization, and ensures that IT services are aligned with the University’s strategic plan.

During her tenure at UAlbany, Haile has guided the campus through the implementation of numerous new IT services, cultivated partnerships, and been an active member of the IT profession. Her recent accomplishments include co-sponsoring an online teaching and learning initiative with UAlbany’s provost, launching the institution’s first Business Intelligence service, and the construction of a LEED Gold, Tier III-certified data center facility.

Haile received a BA in political science from SUNY Potsdam and an MBA with a concentration in finance from UAlbany.

The NYS IT Managers of the Year Award recognizes New York State professionals for exceptional leadership. Sweeton joined the University in 1978 as an entry-level programmer. She advanced to assistant director of Administrative Computing and associate director of Academic Computing, before becoming director of Client Support Services in 2002.

Sweeton’s portfolio of responsibilities includes classroom and instructional technology, the ITS HelpDesk and desktop services, as well as messaging and collaboration, support and training, and identity management.. Recent accomplishments include outfitting the new School of Business Building with state-of-the-art technology and expanding support for online courses and programs. She currently serves in an associate CIO capacity, in charge of various ITS-wide activities, including a space master-planning effort and a One ITS initiative to improve the delivery of campus IT services.

Over the past year, Sweeton also chaired successful searches for ITS director positions. She holds a BS in biology and master’s in business administration from UAlbany.

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