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Leatherbury to head UNT's Computing and IT Center

We announced in last month's "Staff Activities" that Dr. Maurice Leatherbury had accepted the position of Associate Vice President for Computing and Chief Technology Officer for the Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC). The following press release (November 19, 2004), provides further information in this regard. Dr. Leatherbury has plans to do a slight reorganization of the CITC, as can be seen by the attached January 2005 CITC Organization Chart. The current (2004) organization chart can be found here: -- Ed.

DENTON (UNT), Texas, UNT News Service -- Dr. Maurice C. Leatherbury, former University of North Texas assistant professor of library and information science, has been named the associate vice president for computing and chief technology officer. His appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2005.

Leatherbury, who currently serves as executive director of information technology and academic computing, replaces Richard Harris, who is retiring after 42 years of university service.

In his new position, Leatherbury will manage the UNT Computing and Information Technology Center, with a budget of more than $13 million and a staff of more than 170. The center provides information technology services for instruction, research and administration throughout the UNT System, which includes the Denton campus, UNT Dallas Campus and the UNT Health Science Center.

Phil Diebel, UNT vice president for finance and business, recognizes Leatherbury's current contributions as executive director as extraordinary and invaluable. Diebel believes Leatherbury will bring the same level of excellence to his new position.

"The university is extremely fortunate to have someone of Maurice's caliber available to take on this heavy responsibility," Diebel said. "He is extremely well qualified for the position and will do a wonderful job for the university."

Leatherbury said he is honored to serve in both capacities as associate vice president and chief technology officer.

"The Computing and Information Technology Center is already in fantastic shape and acknowledged around the state as one of the best run of its kind," he said. "My job will be mostly to continue the good work done by Richard Harris."

Leatherbury joined the UNT faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor of library and information science. Two years later he became the UNT senior director of academic computing. In addition, in 1997 he also served as UNT assistant to the associate vice president for computing and communications services.

During his time at UNT, Leatherbury has served as secretary of LEARN, the statewide organization of 31 institutions of higher education in Texas that are developing a high-speed fiber optic network linking the state's major educational institutions.

Leatherbury is also the secretary of the North Texas Gigapop, the seven-member organization that aggregates Internet2 traffic in North Texas. He also developed and managed the university's Teaching with Technology Grant Program, which distributed more than $800,000 to faculty members in the past seven years.

He received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master's degree in library science from Florida State University and a doctoral degree in library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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