Appointment of New Director of Computing and Networking Services


Memorandum

To:
 CNS Staff, PDAD&C
 From:  Safwat Zaky, Vice-Provost, Planning and Budget
Date:
 April 17, 2007
Re:
 Appointment of New Director of Computing and Networking Services


Eugene Siciunas will be retiring from his position as Director of Computing and Networking Services on April 30th, 2007. I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Chambers has accepted the position of CNS Director effective May 1st, 2007. I am very pleased to welcome Bob to this position and I look forward to working with him.


CNS provides core services to the University in support of the backbone network, connection to the Internet and support of major IT services, including the Student Information Systems, Learning Management Systems and the Administrative Management Systems. Dr. Chambers’ mandate is to lead CNS through the evolution of these services, working closely with the Provostial IT Services Organizational Review.


Dr. Chambers brings to this position a wealth of experience, including about 30 years at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in a variety of positions providing computing services both centrally and to the divisions. Bob has also served in several management positions in the area of computer networks and network operations. He is currently Manager of Network Design, Implementation and Operation at CNS. In this capacity, he has initiated and managed several projects for technology upgrades and for providing higher speed connectivity to the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses.
Dr. Chambers holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics and a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eugene Siciunas for his long and outstanding service to the University. Eugene is widely recognized as one of the leading pioneers in Canada in the area of computer networks. The University has been fortunate to have his dedicated service for some forty years and to benefit from his technical expertise and vast experience. We wish him the very best in his retirement.