What's in a Name?
The Computing Center Name Change
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
-Romeo and Juliet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
The name "Computing
Center" at UNT is a venerable one, dating back to at least 1969*, so it should come as no surprise that like the University
itself, the Computing Center has seen fit to change its name - we're now
the "Computing and Information Technology Center." Several convergent
factors led us to adopt the new name:
- "Information Technology" has become the most widely-used term in
academic institutions as well as in the corporate world to refer to
the organization on campus that provides computing and communications
services of various types. Here's some regional examples:
- About three years ago, the Computing Center assumed responsibility
for the telecommunications department on campus, the department that
provides voice communication via the phone system on campus. The term
"computing center" didn't reflect that new responsibility.
- Anticipating a move of the Computing Center to the Research Park,
we wanted a new name to identify our new location as well as our
modern mission and role on campus. While it will be some time before
funds can be found to effect a relocation of the CITC, the new name
does better define our scope and responsibility.
The Computing and Information Technology Center name is effective
immediately, so when you call us you'll hear that name in the greeting
of the person who answers the phone (although in all honesty it'll take
some time before we're used to "CITC" instead of "Computing Center."
We've changed our logo and our Web site to reflect the new name and will
be working to identify and change all the references to the "Computing
Center" on UNT's Web site over the next several months.
Concomitant with the organization's name change are changes to the
titles of the senior managers and some middle managers of the CITC.
Those changes are:
||Person in the Position
|Associate Vice President for Computing and Chief
||Associate Vice President for Computing and
|Executive Director of Information Technology and
||Senior Director of Academic Computing and Assistant
to the Associate Vice President for Computing and Communications
|Executive Director of Administrative Information
||Senior Director of Administrative Computing
|Director of Enterprise Systems Technical Services
||Director of Mainframe Technical Services
|Director of Communications Services
||Director of Network and Communications Services
|Manager of Network Computing Services
||Campus-wide Network Systems Manager
So with apologies to Will Shakespeare, I'll close with this
"What's in a name? That which we call a computing center
By any other name would process information as sweet."
* A little Computing Center History:
- 1964 -- IBM 1440 purchased to perform administrative data
processing. Richard Harris appointed Director of Computer Systems.
Jerry Waldon appointed Associate Director of Academic Computing and
Coy Hoggard hired to be Associate Director of Data Processing. Harris,
Hoggard and the IBM 1440 were housed in the basement of the
- 1969 -- Computing personnel consisted of Richard Harris, Director
of Computer Systems; Jerry Waldon, Associate Director of Academic
Computing, who supervised one secretary/data entry operator and
several part time people; Coy Hoggard, Associate Director of Data
Processing, who supervised one programmer/analyst, one programmer, one
computer operator, one keypunch supervisor, and three keypunch
operators. The total operating budget for the Computing Center was