Paul Fisher Jr. has been promoted to chief information officer at Seton Hall University, the school announced over the three-day weekend.
Fisher, who has been the school’s associate chief information officer since 2009, succeeds Stephen Landry, who is stepping down after 30 years of service at the school.
Donna McMonagle, the chief financial officer at Seton Hall, applauded the announcement.
“Paul is well-known to everyone on campus and has served as the university’s deputy CIO for 14 years,” she said. “I look forward to seeing Paul build on the work he and Steve have accomplished in their long tenure together and continue the university’s digital transformation, helping to drive innovation in the academic enterprise and efficiencies in the administration. We congratulate him on a well-deserved promotion.”
Fisher, who has been at Seton Hall since 1997, has served in a variety of roles. In 2005, he assumed the role of director of the Teaching, Learning, & Technology Center.
Fisher also has been responsible for supporting faculty in the thoughtful use and integration of technology into the curriculum. He has been instrumental in the university’s digital transformation, leading the design and implementation of the teaching and learning environment, including the state-of-the-art medical simulation center at the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus in Nutley. He also plays a critical role in the strategic development of the university’s online course portfolio.
Fisher was pivotal in the university’s response to COVID-19, ensuring continued operations and remote teaching & learning, and has worked to bring critical digital tools to the student body with the university’s designation as an Adobe Creative Campus in 2022. He has been active in Educause, the higher education nonprofit association dedicated to advancing higher education through the use of technology, and was a faculty member in the Educause Learning Technology Leadership institute for five years.
McMonagle also saluted Landry.
“His contributions and dedication to Seton Hall will continue to benefit the university in years to come,” she said.
As the university’s very first CIO, Landry was instrumental in building a well-organized, responsive and professional information technology operation, and shaping the university’s technology strategy through a period of profound change. Among his many accomplishments over his decades of service, Landry oversaw the development of the university’s first IT Strategic Plan and the implementation of Banner. The cornerstones of that critical strategic plan called for supporting the teaching and learning environment in a vastly different and rapidly changing technological environment, the creation of the university’s award-winning Mobile Computing Program and the creation of the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center.
Fisher said he was grateful for the opportunity to work with Landry.
“It has been my privilege collaborating with Steve over the years, contributing to the evolution of Seton Hall into a digitally enhanced learning community,” he said. “I consider it an even greater privilege to now have the opportunity to continue his legacy and pioneer innovative directions for our students and faculty as we embrace a new era of technological progress and transformative digital possibilities that are set to enrich both the curriculum and the entire university.”