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Biography: UC Berkeley AVC-IT/CIO Larry Conrad

Larry Conrad Larry Conrad has recently moved to UC Berkeley where he serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). He has over 40 years’ experience in the field of information technology and has a diverse background in both university and corporate settings, with extensive experience in research, instructional, and enterprise computing, as well as telecommunications. At Berkeley, he oversees the Information Services and Technology (IST) division as well as sets IT direction and coordinates infrastructure and service delivery across the University. He is responsible for IST units which support enterprise applications, enterprise data, research support, teaching and learning, user support, infrastructure, communications, and information security.

Previously, Conrad served as the CIO at UNC Chapel Hill where he had a similar portfolio. At UNC, he oversaw implementation of the Peoplesoft Campus Solutions Student system and served as an executive sponsor for planning the implementation of the Peoplesoft Financial and Human Resources components. He was the IT champion for the Carolina Counts initiative to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness for campus IT services. He implemented a campus IT governance structure and worked to improve coordination of IT services with distributed IT staff in various campus units. He also led the Triangle-Piedmont Gig.U efforts to plan for gigabit connectivity to the communities surrounding the NC member institutions. While at UNC, he completed a term as chair of the MCNC Advisory Council which provides strategic direction for the NCREN research and education network, served on the Executive Advisory Council for the Raleigh CIO Forum, and served on the Governing Body for the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit.

Prior to UNC, Conrad served as the CIO at Florida State University. He led the effort to define and build a new high-speed research and education network in Florida known as the Florida LambdaRail (FLR) and ran the company for the first three years—he also represented the company on the National LambdaRail (NLR) Board of Directors. He led the effort to design and build a new statewide student advising system called FACTS and the creation of the Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support to operate and support it. He served on the selection, negotiation, steering and budget committees that implemented the PeopleSoft Financial and Human Resources components for the University.

Prior to FSU, Conrad was at Arizona State University where he served as director of the computer center and director of academic computing. He spent the first 15 years of his professional life in various private sector IT roles. Conrad has a master’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University.

Conrad has been active for many years in EDUCAUSE and Internet2. He recently completed stints as co-Chair for the joint Educause/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council and as a member of the Internet2 External Relations Advisory Council. He is presently a member of the Educause Network Council. He chairs the MCNC Advisory Council which provides strategic direction for the NCREN network, serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the Raleigh CIO Forum, and serves on the Governing Body for the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit.

Conrad has a master’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University. He may be contacted at larry_conrad@berkeley.edu.

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