Bob Weir Joins UMass Boston as Vice Provost for IT
UMass Boston has appointed Robert (Bob) Weir to serve as Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VPIT/CIO). Weir was most recently one of four CIOs at the University of Colorado, where he was responsible for administrative system services supporting four campuses.
“Bob’s experiences will be of great value to our rapidly growing and increasingly complex institution,” said Provost Winston Langley.
Weir began his IT career at IBM, rising over a 21-year period to the position of general manager, global education solutions in the IBM Education unit, which served K-12 and higher education clients worldwide. Weir said he wanted to use the second half of his career to give back to the higher education community. He joined Northeastern University as CIO and served for 13 years. Weir provided IT support for the dramatic evolution of the university under the leadership of President Richard Freeland. With Weir at the helm, Northeastern Information Services won multiple industry recognitions, including Computerworld’s “Best Practices in Management Award.”
“One of the things I love about higher education is that the organization we serve in IT is, by definition, fluid,” said Weir. “When I walk out my door, I get the energy of the students.”
Weir said he was drawn to UMass Boston in particular because of the diverse community he will serve, as well as the ambition of the university itself.
“We have a very aspirational set of goals,” said Weir. He pointed to the university’s plans to expand enrollment, build new facilities, and expand its research capacity. “None of that can happen without good IT.”
Weir believes in a service-oriented model for IT. “It’s important to remember that IT in higher education is about people serving people, and enabling them to do something of value,” he said.
An avid fisherman, Weir looks forward to coming to work on Boston Harbor every day. Weir is also pleased to return to the Boston area, where his children and grandchildren reside.
Weir started at UMass Boston in June. Interim VPIT/CIO Apurva Mehta has been promoted to associate CIO. Mehta, who has served at UMass Boston for the past 21 years, will be responsible for all Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) non-research academic and teaching services and collaborations.