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Goldsmith Becomes New Chief Information Officer at UTB/TSC
[September 26, 2010]

Goldsmith Becomes New Chief Information Officer at UTB/TSC

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Sept. 16 -- The University of Texas System Brownsville issued the following news release: A Rio Grande Valley native has become the new chief information offer at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

Dr. Clair Woodrow Goldsmith began work earlier this month leading the Division of Information Technology Services. The departments under his supervision are Administrative Computing and Enterprise Resource Planning, Online Learning and Instructional Technologies, Infrastructure, Technology and Networking, Media Services and User Support Services.

"My goal is to provide useful current strategies of educational technology services to students, faculty and staff," said Goldsmith. "There's a good group of people in the Information Technology Services organization that can help us do that." He said the educational technology field is quickly changing.

"It's hard to stay up with," said Goldsmith. "It's really gotten extraordinarily complex. Now the discipline is so broad, people have to stay current with pieces of it, like social media." He stays up to date on the field through The University of Texas System's Strategic Leadership Council made of the chief information officers from the nine academic and six health campuses. Goldsmith is also active in EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit organization for the higher education and information technology field.

Goldsmith said he enjoys reading about proposed state and federal legislation affecting technology in higher education. He also studies identity management, the use of log-in identifications and passwords.

"You want credentials to be able to access resources at a distance," he said. "It's more secure because you do not have to worry about multiple passwords." Goldsmith was previously the senior adviser to the executive vice chancellor for business affairs for Information Technology for The University of Texas System in Austin. While in the position, he created shared-data centers in Austin, Fort Worth and Houston to provide data hosting and other services for the system institutions.

He has also been associate vice chancellor and chief information officer for the UT System, vice president for Information Technology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and deputy director of academic computing and instructional technology services and director of strategy and planning for management information systems at The University of Texas at Austin.

Goldsmith has spent time in the classroom. He has been an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and an adjunct associate professor of software engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at San Antonio. He also taught at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He said his interest in technology goes back to when he attended middle school in Harlingen and read about cybernetics, a predecessor to computer science.

Goldsmith was born in Mercedes and raised in Harlingen. He is a graduate of Harlingen High School and has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University.

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