Reed, a key architect in national high-performance computing
initiatives who joined the University in January, has been appointed
vice chancellor for information technology and chief information
The appointment, approved by the UNC Board
of Trustees, takes effect June 1, Chancellor James Moeser announced
on May 10.
Reed also will hold the title of Chancellor's
Eminent Professor. He will continue as founding director of
the new interdisciplinary Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI),
which is based at Carolina in partnership with Duke and N.C.
"In Dan Reed, we have a scholar,
colleague and administrator with impeccable credentials and
the kind of vision and expertise in the information technology
field that will help keep Carolina at the forefront of American
public higher education," Moeser said.
"We were thrilled when he joined
Carolina as a world-class faculty member keenly interested in
collaborating with our sister research campuses and the Research
Triangle Park," he said. "Now we have an eminent scholar holding
the University's highest policy-making and leadership position
in information technology."
As vice chancellor, Reed will serve as
the University's senior technology leader, overseeing the delivery
of administrative and academic information technology support
to students, faculty and staff campuswide. Reed will succeed
Interim Vice Chancellor Steve Jarrell, who came out of retirement
to begin those duties in July 2002 after Marian Moore accepted
a similar position at Boston College.
As part of this transition, Reed will
become the University's first Chancellor's Eminent Professor,
a new $3 million endowed professorship funded with an anonymous
private gift to the Carolina First campaign. This post will
replace Reed's current appointment as Kenan Eminent Professor,
which required serving solely as a faculty member without administrative
duties .The Kenan Eminent category of $3 million endowed professorships
was made possible as part of a $27 million commitment from the
William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust to Carolina First.
Reed will continue leading RENCI, which
explores the interactions of computing technology with the arts,
humanities, sciences and engineering. The institute will partner
with business leaders to enhance the competitiveness of North
Carolina industries. A "Renaissance team" approach is bringing
scientists, engineers, artists and institute staff together
to explore interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship, discovery
Carolina will appoint a new senior associate
vice chancellor in information technology, reporting to Reed,
who will help manage day-to-day information technology operations,
including coordination with schools, departments and units,
in ways that will most effectively advance the University's
mission of teaching, research and public service.
Reed came to Carolina after more than
20 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He spearheaded more than $100 million in construction to create
a new information technology quadrangle at Illinois. Before
coming to Chapel Hill, he was director of the National Center
for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a 400-person research
institute that develops computing infrastructure in support
of scientific research. NCSA was the birthplace of the modern
web browser that sparked the Internet revolution.
Reed's work focuses on designing high-speed
computers and providing new computing capabilities for scholars
in science, medicine, engineering and the humanities. At Illinois,
he directed both NCSA and the National Computational Science
Alliance, a nationwide partnership of more than 50 institutions
to advance scientific discovery via high-performance computing.
Reed was a principal investigator for the National Science Foundation's
TeraGrid project, an effort to build and deploy the world's
largest, most comprehensive computing system for open scientific
Reed is a member of President Bush's Information
Technology Advisory Committee, charged with providing advice
on information technology issues and challenges to the president,
a member of the Biomedical Informatics Expert Panel for the
National Institute of Health's National Center for Research
Resources and a board member for the Computing Research Association,
which represents the interests of the major academic departments
and industrial research laboratories.
He testified before the U.S. House of
Representatives Science Committee May 13 with White House Science
Adviser John Marburger about the High-Performance Revitalization
Act of 2004, the authorizing legislation for most U.S. civilian
computing research. He chairs the policy board for the National
Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, the Department
of Energy's high-performance computing center for scientific
Reed was assistant professor of computer
science at Carolina in 1983-84. He joined Illinois in 1984 and
headed its computer science department, one of the nation's
best, from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, Illinois named Reed to the
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professorship.