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UB names two vice presidents


Published October 10, 2013

UB has completed the last of its senior leadership searches with the hiring of two new vice presidents.

Brice Bible, chief information officer at Ohio University, has been named vice president and chief information officer, and Nancy E. Paton, a senior leader in health care marketing and communications, has been named vice president for communications.

Bible’s appointment is effective Nov. 18, Paton’s Nov. 11. Both appointments follow national searches.

Brice Bible

As vice president and CIO, Bible will play a critical role in advancing UB’s research and education mission, and its global prominence as a progressive university that delivers a well-aligned, innovative and robust technology environment. He takes over the CIO responsibilities from Tom Furlani, director of UB’s Center for Computational Research, who has served in an interim capacity for the past three years.

“Brice Bible has distinguished himself as an experienced and forward-thinking executive in the area of information technology,” President Satish K. Tripathi said in announcing Bible’s appointment. “I am confident that he will lead our entire range of IT systems in the continuing direction of a sustainable, secure and service-focused organization that advances UB’s strategic vision. I look forward to working with him to optimize our enterprise-wide IT practices and further establish UB as an innovative leader in 21st century higher education computing.”

As vice president for communications, Paton (pronounced Payton) will be responsible for enhancing UB’s institutional image and managing the university’s reputation as a leader among the nation’s premier higher education institutions through communications to a diverse spectrum of key internal and external audiences.

Nancy Paton

“Nancy Paton will play a key and strategic leadership role in the UB administration and will help the university share our vision and build relationships throughout our internal and external communities,” said Tripathi. “She comes to the university with extensive and impressive experience in leading strategic communications within large organizations, working collaboratively with colleagues to produce results that advance institutional goals across an organization.”

Bible comes to UB with more than 20 years of experience in higher education information-technology services and has managed $35 million annual budgets with divisions as large as 300 people. His significant experience in IT also includes an appointment as assistant vice president for information technology for the University of Tennessee System and Knoxville Campus. In addition, Bible served at the University of Tennessee Space Institute as director of technology transfer, industrial relations and continuing education, and as director of research and information technology at the institute’s Center for Space Transportation and Applied Research.

“I’m very excited to join the team at the University at Buffalo,” said Bible. “The UB 2020 plan and President Tripathi's leadership make this one of the best CIO opportunities in the U.S.

“I am looking forward to meeting the faculty, students and IT team to get started building upon the great technology foundation already in place."

At Ohio University, Bible was responsible for the formation of a service-focused organizational model, establishment of a multi-faceted governance approach, creation and implementation of a comprehensive IT improvement and modernization program, and collaborative creation of an enterprise-wide IT alignment program that included central and distributed IT services.

He led the readiness analysis, acquisition and implementation of a new Student Information System (SIS) and a major enterprise-wide (main and five regional campuses) 10-gigabyte network upgrade.

Bible served three terms as chair of the Ohio Statewide CIO Council and until recently co-led, with the University System of Ohio, several statewide IT collaboration and consolidation initiatives.

He was part of a research team that was awarded 10 patents and has served on the University System of Ohio CIO Advisory Council, the Blackboard Mobility Advisory Council, Educause AGEISS, the OARnet board of directors and the Dell Platinum Advisory Council.

Bible earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Tennessee Technological University and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in business data communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Paton will oversee UB’s Office of University Communications, responsible for the university’s major digital, news, marketing and social media communications, and will coordinate a network of communications professionals across the university.

Tripathi noted that UB is at a special point in its history: poised to tell impressive stories about the transformations it has created in teaching, research and engagement over the past several years, and is actively realizing a bold vision for its future as a 21st-century research university. This pivotal period, Tripathi said, provides a significant opportunity for branding and positioning, under Paton’s leadership, to earn the university recognition commensurate with its accomplishments and potential.

Paton said it was “a great honor to be chosen to lead the University at Buffalo’s strategic communications and marketing efforts.”

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to position the institution for future success in achieving its bold vision,” she said. “I’m looking forward to building relationships across the university and within the Western New York community to advance the research and academic vision of the University at Buffalo.”

As chief public relations officer, Paton was Kaiser Permanente’s Ohio Region executive leader for consumer and business-to-business marketing, strategic internal and external communications, brand management, government relations, community relations and health care reform planning and implementation. She led efforts to strengthen the organization’s brand and market position, as well as its internal communications. Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving approximately 9.1 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Prior to her position at Kaiser Permanente, Paton was chief marketing and communications officer at University Hospitals in Cleveland, one of the nation’s leading health care systems with 10 hospitals, 30 outpatient health centers and more than 17,000 physicians and employees. Under her leadership, University Hospitals established an organization-wide brand identity and marketing strategy that helped establish University Hospitals as a comprehensive system and which helped boost the hospital’s national rankings among U.S. physicians.

Paton previously served as chief marketing and corporate communications officer at Oakwood Healthcare Inc., a $1 billion health care system in Dearborn, Mich., and as regional administrative director of marketing and communications services at Mercy Health Partners, a seven-hospital system in Northwest Ohio. She also served as assistant vice president of marketing and communications services, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, the forerunner organization to Mercy Health Partners.

Since 2011, she has served as a lecturer at Kent State University, where she teaches public relations in the master’s degree concentration in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Paton holds a master’s degree in management from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in mass media and communications from the University of Akron. She is a board member of the Cleveland chapter of the American Red Cross and a former national president and chairman of the Senior Leadership Task Force of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development of the American Hospital Association.