Thomas W. WestThe information in this biography was supplied by the subject.Tom West is the President of the California Education Network Initiatives Corporation (CENIC) developing the advanced services network for the research and education community throughout the state. He has over four decades of executive management experience in the higher education. He has served as a small college president, a vice chancellor for administration for regional campuses in a public university system, and most recently completed 26 years as the Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) for two large public university systemsóIndiana University (1973-1981) and the California State University (1981-1999).
In the field of information technology and networking, Dr. West has been actively involved the development of both Internet1 (originally NSFnet in the mid-80s) and Internet2 as a member of EDUCOMís (now EDUCAUSE) National Telecommunications Task Force and in the 1990ís on the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative Steering Committee. He has been involved in the development of information technology and networking at the institutional, state and national levels. While with CSU, he served as a member of the Governorís California Information Technology Commission. Over the years Mr. West has served as an advisor and consultant to a number of other higher education institutions and systems, private corporations and state governments.