Texas A&M University Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer M. Dee Childs’ philosophy is to embrace innovation as the university journeys into the future. Her outlook is featured in a cover story in the latest issue of Toggle magazine.
The article, entitled “IT expertise is her philosophy,” highlights Childs’ undergraduate interest in philosophy and how she changed directions to information management and software design.
“I realized I could never compete intellectually with history’s great classical minds, and eventually I found I just wasn’t interested in spending my life critiquing them either,” Child says in the article. “It turns out that philosophy lends itself to decision science and to formal constructs of logic, and that is what computer science is about at a very cognitive level.”
When Childs was selected from over 300 candidates for the CIO post in 2016, Texas A&M president Michael Young said she was the ideal person to adapt and incorporate innovations. The article points out the division accommodates over 200,000 active wired connections and over 100,000 users each day.
Toggle is a quarterly trade journal that highlights the vital role technology plays in a variety of companies and organizations.
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