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Title:Northeastern University Division of Academic Computing records
Dates:1959–1990
Call Number:A98

Historical Note

The Division of Academic Computing began in 1987 as a continuation of the academic computer services initiated by Dr. Knowles in 1959 with the purchase of the University's first computer and the establishment of the Computation Center, a support service for the research and teaching needs of faculty, research personnel, graduate students and some undergraduates. In 1981, the Computation Center was reorganized to reflect its growing importance. Its name changed to Academic Computer Services Department, and Paul Kalaghan, who would later become dean of the College of Computer Science, assumed responsibility for it. In 1987, in recognition of the changing character of academic computing, the Academic Computer Services department was reorganized into a new Division of Academic Computing, a planning, coordinating, and policy–making office directed by John Stuckey. Within this structure, the service group continued as the Computing Resource Center. In 1999, the Division of Academic Computing was reorganized into Information Services with services distributed into three departments: Academic Technology Services, Information Services Customer Service, and Network and Production Services.
Chronology
1959 Dr. Asa S. Knowles authorizes purchase of Northeastern University's first computer and establishes the Computation Center.
Richard I. Carter is appointed Director of the Computation Center.
1981 Computation Center is reorganized into the Academic Computer Services Department.
Paul Kalaghan is appointed Director of Academic Computer Services Department.
1987 Academic Computer Services Department is reorganized into the Division of Academic Computing.
John Stuckey is appointed Director of the Division of Academic Computing.
1990 Glenn Pierce replaces John Stuckey as Director of the Division of Academic Computing.
1999 Division of Academic Computing is reorganized as part of Information Services.
Bibliography

Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University– Coming of Age: The Ryder Years, 1975–1989. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995. (LD4011.N22F732 1995).

Division of Academic Computing. “Home.” http://www.dac.neu.edu/dac/ (accessed on Dec. 3, 2007).