Leaving: Mike Eleey of ISC

Michael F. Eleey, associate vice provost in Information Systems and Computing, will leave the University at year's end to become Senior Vice President of Communications Equity Associates, a financial services firm specializing in high tech industries.

Mr. Eleey is a 1966 alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross who holds an M.A. from the Annenberg School and an M.B.A. from Wharton. He initially joined the Penn staff 30 years ago as research associate in the Annenberg School, became a research specialist there the following year, and moved to Wharton to be associate chairperson of the decision sciences department from 1977 to 1980.

From 1980 to 1983 he was with Temple University, where he was assistant director of the Center for Labor and Human Resource Studies in the business administration school, but he returned to Penn to serve as manager of research programs and services for the Annenberg School from 1983 to 1987. He then moved back to Wharton as associate director, and later director, of Research and Instructional Services for the School. In 1987, after designing a merger between the R&IS unit and Wharton Reprographics, he became director of the new unit, Academic Technology Services, and it was from this post that he was chosen as Associate Vice Provost in 1992.

During the past 14 years he has also been active as a volunteer in the governance of WXPN-FM. As chair of WXPN-FM's governing board in 1984-88, he headed the strategic planning exercise that led to the elimination of its deficit and eventually to a twenty-fold growth in budget through external revenues. He has twice co-chaired the board, in 1990-92 and again since 1995; and twice headed the searches for new station management, in 1986 and again in 1996.

In his new post, where he will oversee business development in the areas of converging information and communications technologies, Mr. Eleey will be based in Berwyn, one of a dozen worldwide offices of his new firm.

"I took pleasure last year at about this time in handing Mike the University's tokens of recognition for his 25 years of service to Penn," said ISC's Vice Provost, Dr. James J. O'Donnell. "In ISC, he has led several important divisions that provide user services through the challenging years of booming demand in the 'nineties and then, since 1995, the restructuring of Penn's computing services on a customer-oriented model.

"He has also been for many years our organizational visionary in the areas of electronic publishing, new media, and instructional technology. In the last year, he has had a key leadership role in a remarkably successful effort to stake out Penn's strategic position in distributed learning," Dr. O'Donnell continued. "I have known and worked with Mike since well before the time I came to ISC and have relied on him as friend, counselor, and colleague. I will miss him, and many others will."

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 10, November 3, 1998