Peter Mahoney to Direct Technology at SVC
Posted: Friday Aug 5, 2011
Peter E. Mahoney has joined the Saint Vincent College senior staff as chief information officer, according to an announcement by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.
Mr. Mahoney and his staff are responsible for planning and operation of all academic and administrative computing services including hardware and software installation and maintenance, computer network and databases.
A graduate of Slippery Rock University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology, he earned a master of business administration degree from Waynesburg University and a certificate in computer studies from Northwestern University. He also has professional certifications as a Project Management Professional and as an IT Infrastructure Library Foundations Professional.
A native of Danville, Pennsylvania, he began his career in higher education in the Chicago area at Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University before working in information technology at McDonald’s Restaurants Corporation and later at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, Black Box and Fairmont Supply Company. He had been executive director of information technology at Waynesburg University since 2002.
“I was looking for one more challenge in my career,” Mr. Mahoney explained. “Saint Vincent offered me an exciting opportunity to work directly with Br. Norman to achieve a strategic vision for integrating technological development throughout the campus and its academic programs.”
“As a Catholic college sponsored by Benedictine monks, Saint Vincent is committed to its mission and provides the kind of educational program I believe in,” Mr. Mahoney said. “It’s a beautiful campus in the Laurel Highlands with impressive physical facilities for academics, athletics, student recreation and housing conveniently located on campus.”
Mr. Mahoney said he wants to initially focus on two areas that will benefit all students -- completing implementation of the comprehensive Datatel software (which he describes as “a market leader in higher education applications”) that serves all students, faculty, and staff of the College and introducing the Apogee Advanced Resnet Services system, which will provide unparalleled online management and wireless access of Internet and other associated services in the student residence halls with expanded bandwidth and support available when classes resume in the fall.
“I am fortunate to inherit an excellent staff,” Mr. Mahoney said. “You can always get better so we are going to strive to improve our customer service, the stability of the system and the security of the data.”
“I’ve already experienced Saint Vincent as a very welcoming environment,” he added. “I am a very collaborative person and look forward to working together with the students, faculty and staff. I care about serving people first.”
He is an active member of the following organizations: Governing board member and former president of the Consortium for Computing in Undergraduate Education (C-CUE), the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), EDUCAUSE, and the Project Management Institute.
Mr. Mahoney and his wife, Brenda, currently reside in Washington, Pennsylvania, but plan to relocate to the Latrobe area soon. They have two daughters, Shaylyn, 23, who just completed her MBA at John Carroll University and works in accounting at Ernst and Young Certified Public Accountants, and Holly, 20, who will be a junior chemical engineering major at the University of Dayton in the fall. They are members of St. Hilary R.C. Church, Washington.
Photo: Mr. Peter Mahoney