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University of Adelaide boosts IT team with new CIO

The University of Adelaide has appointed a new chief information officer to lead the university’s ongoing transformation of its information technology services and systems.

Bev McQuade, currently CIO at SA Water, will join the university in the next three months to take charge of its 250-person technology branch and drive the IT strategy to improve the education experience of its students and to support world-class research.

McQuade has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic change, primarily in financial services and utilities businesses, and has been the CIO at SA Water for the past eight years, developing the utility’s IT strategy and driving the modernisation of its IT infrastructure and support functions.

“After a thorough international and national search process, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Bev McQuade to this important position for the university,” said Bruce Lines, Chief Operations Officer.

“Like all other sectors, higher education is undergoing a digital transformation. The University of Adelaide wants to ensure technology is delivering the very best experience for its students and staff, whether it is in the classroom, engaging with university processes or undertaking learning and research out in the region and internationally.

“Bev possesses a demonstrated commitment to identifying and meeting the business needs of organisations via technology, which makes her an ideal appointment for the university, particularly as we attempt to operate at the forefront of online-enabled education and deliver high performance computing solutions for high-end research. She is very enthusiastic to be joining the university.”

Last year, the university became the first in Australia to adopt Canvas, an online-based learning management system that enables a deeper level of engagement with students and underpins innovation in teaching by staff.

“The University of Adelaide is in a great position with the new technologies that have been delivered. I am looking forward to continuing to build on those investments and prepare the university for an increasingly digital future, including its engagement with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs),” said McQuade.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).