Thomas Skill is Associate Provost & CIO at the University of Dayton. He joined the Office of the Provost in 1997. Skill has over 30 years of computing and communications technology experience in higher education. He has been on the faculty at the University of Dayton since 1984 and currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Communication.
Prior to his current position, Skill served three years as Associate Provost for Educational Innovation and Technology, three years as Assistant Provost for Academic Technology, and four years as chair of the Department of Communication. He also has served as director of Graduate Studies in Communication for seven years, Interim of Dean of the Graduate School for two years and was lead researcher in the School of Business Administration's Information Systems Laboratory from 1986 to 1993.
A sampling of projects that Skill has shared leadership while at the University of Dayton include:
- Collaborating on a $6 Million initiative to connect 400 university-owned student houses (covering 25 city blocks) via fiber optics to the campus data network, telephone and cable TV Systems. This project was completed 1999. In 2005, the University updated this system and added wireless data services to these houses.
- Collaborating on the creation of a University Learning Teaching Center that integrates Educational Technology with faculty development and student support services (2000).
- Collaborating on the creation of Artstreet; a $12 Million student residential complex that integrates learning and living within the context of the arts and technology. (2004)
- In 2008, the University embarked on an ERP initiative whereby several IT systems were consolidated into the Ellucian Banner system. This multi-year implementation project, which was completed in 2012, has already produced substantial positive benefits for UD's recruitment and admissions operations as well as enhanced student advising, registration and access to academic and business documents and processes.
- In 2012, collaborated on the planning, construction and implementation of a new 5000 sq. ft. production data center to replace the University’s 40-year-old facility.
- In 2013, collaborated on the planning and implementation of remote Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity data center to serve an emergency backup facility in the event of an on-campus system disruption.
- 2015 Internet2 Global Summit