Information Systems/ CIT / MS CSIS Advisory Board

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Advisory Board

The Information Systems and Master of Computer Science Information System (MS CSIS) Advisory Board works to improve the quality of our graduates in order that they are sought by employers.

The board currently is comprised of 25 executives of the business community from the Information Technology professional fields.


The IS / CIT / MS CSIS Advisory Board works to improve the quality of the undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, the board provides for the exchange of emerging issues of concern to Information Technology professionals in the UNCW service area and increases faculty awareness of current trends in industry.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

We wish to thank the following advisory board members for their years of service and outstanding efforts on behalf of our students: Dale Francum (Standing in for Kelli Davis) - Castle Branch; Gus Grosch- Progress Energy and Tammy Jackson - PPD.

Advisory Board Goals

Increase the quality of our undergraduate and graduate students by:
  1. Enhancing opportunities for internships between industry and IS and MS CSIS
  2. Periodically reviewing the current undergraduate and graduate curriculum to insure relevance and currency to the business community needs
  3. Encouraging presentations by business professionals in the classroom
  4. Providing a conduit for our students to meet industry professionals
  5. Increasing student participation in real world projects with industry and faculty guidance
  1. Increase the value of membership for our corporate members by:
    1. Providing access to our best students for internships and employment
    2. Being a conduit for the Wilmington Information Technology and Operations Management community to share best practices
    3. Encouraging special interest groups that meet between meetings
    4. Continually review and disseminate the list of current job skills and technologies needed by employers
  2. Ensure faculty obtains practical awareness of technology environments, changes, and growth:
    1. Increasing tours of local facilities
    2. Developing research opportunities and/or summer faculty internships with industry
    3. Building a process to share industry expertise with faculty and likewise faculty expertise with local industry
  3. Act as a conduit for the Wilmington area Information Technology community by:
    1. Coordinate events to bring the Wilmington IT professionals together
    2. Provide a means for local IT professionals to share ideas
    3. Actively recruit smaller and entrepreneur IT professionals in the UNCW service area

Advisory Board Corporate Members

Jermey Noble ATMC
Melissa Watson Cape Fear Community College
Kelli Davis Castle Branch
Jeff Beard Central Square
Rachel Mackintosh Credit- Suisse
Shawn Olsen Cloudwyze
Wendy Crumpton Corning Inc.
Matt Boykin Corning Inc.
Zach Shelton Dixon Hughes Goodman
Rodney Murray Dixon Hughes Goodman
Gus Grosch Duke Energy
Mike Wade Dell/EMC
Mona Badie GE Hitachi
Peter Underwood Live Oak Bank
Mike Orr IBM Retired
Leslie Chaney New Hanover County
Candace Guido nCino
John Turman New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Tamara Jackson PPD Inc.
Ryan Wilkins PPD Inc.
Michael Duncan Sage Island
Carla Crane Smithfield Premium Genetics
Charles Laymon StepQuest Inc.
Ben Elliott The CoralEdge
Kristi Elliott The CoralEdge
Albert Steed True IP Solutions
Todd Hawthorne

Business Reception - Steering Committe Members

Advisory Board Coordinator:

Tom Janicki [ janickit AT uncw DOT edu ]
CIS Building 2052