In 1997 I was completing my preliminary exams in Culture and Social Theory, for a Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas A&M University. As I finished the examinations and began working on my dissertation, I realized it was time to find a job. I took a position as programmer within Computing & Information Services at Texas A&M University. My job was to work with University administrative offices to develop Web based software that would allow prospective students to apply for admission online or that would allow the 45,000+ current students to register for classes online. By combining my technology skills together with my perspective as a Sociologist, my career would take me in directions that I neither expected nor dreamed of.

Today, my wife Gail and I reside in Athens, Georgia. Since our marriage in 1999, we have lived in incredible places, worked for great institutions, and have traveled the world. We are both honored to have the opportunity to serve the University of Georgia. Gail works in Contracts and Grants and I serve as Vice President for Information Technology at this great university. We are blessed.

Gail at Piz Gloria, atop the Schilthorn Summit in Switzerland
Dr. Timothy M. Chester is Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Georgia where he is responsible for the University's information technology resources and services, including the Office of Institutional Research. An EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award recipient, Dr. Chester advocates in the areas of leadership strategy and promotion of organizational change for information technology organizations in higher education. He has over a decade of experience with PeopleSoft and Banner implementations and has been successful with both in the most complex of business process environments. His writings are numerous and can be found in EDUCAUSE Review, CIO Magazine, Campus Technology, and other outlets.

Eddy and Ching
Dr. Chester can be reached by email at accidentalcio@aggienetwork.com.