Purdue News

October 15, 2004

Calumet vice chancellor to lead OnePurdue IT consolidation effort

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Gary Newsom, vice chancellor of administrative services at Purdue University Calumet, has been named executive director of OnePurdue, the university's systemwide technology and business redesign effort.

Newsom, who has served as the top business officer of Purdue Calumet for nearly three decades, will begin in his new position on Monday (Oct. 18). Newsom will report to Morgan R. Olsen, Purdue executive vice president and treasurer.

Olsen said Newsom has the knowledge of the Purdue system and its business processes – including those of the regional campuses – that this position requires.

"OnePurdue is the largest information technology and business redesign effort ever undertaken at Purdue, and in Gary Newsom we have a committed, enthusiastic leader to assist in realizing its promise," Olsen said. "OnePurdue will bring a host of services and capabilities to the Purdue community."

Provost Sally Mason said Newsom emerged as the top choice for the project.

"Having worked with Gary, I know he is someone who understands fully the relationship between the university's financial organization and its academic programs," she said. "He also has full command of the technical aspects of this important initiative."

Newsom said OnePurdue is a four-year plan to modernize and integrate Purdue's administrative data systems.

"We're going to make a quantum leap in our use of information technology for students, faculty and staff with OnePurdue," Newsom said. "To do that, it's important to understand that OnePurdue is going to be driven by the information needs of the people who are going to be using it.

"A key feature of OnePurdue is that it will encompass the information and data of Purdue's campuses through a Web-based interface, while enabling each campus to retain faculty and operational independence. For example, faculty at the regional campuses will continue to be able to set their own degree requirements."

The three major administrative applications that OnePurdue will integrate are student services, finance and human resources. One of the most significant benefits of OnePurdue will be the ability for faculty, staff and students to access a variety of self-service applications. So, for example, students will be able to register for classes online and check the status of their financial aid and progress toward graduation.

Faculty will be able to download class rosters, enter grades and access student advisory information. And faculty will be able to assign plus and minus grades, which is impossible with Purdue's current administrative computer system.

Faculty and staff will be able to access up-to-date individual compensation information, such as retirement and flexible spending accounts, tax withholding and leave balances.

OnePurdue also will incorporate business intelligence applications enabling Purdue administrators and decision-makers to access a wide array of real-time information in customized report formats, which will aid in university planning and forecasting.

James Bottum, vice president of information technology, said Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) has done the OnePurdue groundwork and will work in partnership with Newsom and the project team in the implementation process.

Jeffrey Whitten, associate vice president of ITaP's Enterprise Applications Group, has led the OnePurdue front-end research, benchmarking and presentations to key OnePurdue stakeholders.

"We have approached OnePurdue as a business transformation and not a software implementation," Whitten said.

Writers: Steve Tally, (765) 494-9809, tally@purdue.edu

Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Sources: Morgan Olsen, mrolsen@purdue.edu

Gary Newsom, (765) 494-1599

Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709, sfmason@purdue.edu

James Bottum, (765) 496-2266, jb@purdue.edu

Jeffrey Whitten, (765) 494-2177, jwhitten@purdue.edu

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Purdue University: http://www.purdue.edu


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