I’ve been working at the intersection of technology, innovation, and strategy for 25+ years. My views are influenced by experiences as a higher education Chief Information Officer, founding Chief Technology Officer of successful start-ups, advisor to a global consortium for open technology standards used in education, and instructor for an online MBA program.
I began my career back in 1985 as an “Online Coordinator” at Multibank (a financial services company). “Word Processing” was still a department rather than a type of software application everyone used! Personal computers, deregulation of the telecommunications industry and eventually the Internet were all beginning to create new and exciting career opportunities. Fortunately, I was able to take full advantage of these opportunities thanks to a combination of some great mentoring, outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and an unprecedented era of workplace “meritocracy”.
I left the financial services industry to take an IT Director position at Babson College after having gained practical hands-on experience with everything from pulling cables to configuring data security for mainframe computers. There I had responsibility for establishing a campus-wide network and an auxiliary business involving the resale of telecommunications services. During this time I completed my undergraduate studies in management information systems at Northeastern University. Soon after earning my MBA from the Babson College Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business, I entered into an exciting entrepreneurial phase of my career as founding Chief Technology Officer for two successful new ventures within the eLearning and online media industries. The first company was Universal Learning Technology, which later acquired and took the name of WebCT and was eventually sold to Blackboard. The second company goes by the name TechTarget and is listed on NASDAQ (symbol TTGT).
I am currently Chief Information Officer for Framingham State University in Massachusetts, and instructor for Northeastern University’s online MBA program. I am also a member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium Chief Information Officer Advisory Council, Massachusetts Public Higher Education Chief Information Officer Council, and Framingham State University Foundation Board Director.
Disclaimer: This is an independent publication by Patrick Laughran. The opinions expressed here are solely the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of his employers or any organization he is a member of.