|I was born and raised in
Prince Edward Island,
home of "Anne of Green Gables"
(and yes the house shown in the PBS series is the actual "Green
Gables" house in which Lucy Maud Montgomery set her fictional Anne;
it is actually located beside the National Park Golf Course). I
became a U.S.
citizen in 2003.
I was a techie in a previous life. I wrote my
first program in 1972 at the age of 11 (in IITRAN on punched cards).
My first summer job (1977) was as programmer for the government of
PEI, which turned into a permanent summer
position with Sperry Univac. I have worked or done consulting as a
system developer/systems analyst since 1978, either while going
through school or while holding faculty appointments. I have
consulted as a JAD facilitator and groupware facilitator since 1988.
I have been through three software start-ups which resulted in the
development of three
commercial software packages, and am
now working on start-up number four.
I have a Bachelor of Computer Science from
Acadia University in
Wolfville, Nova Scotia (where I learned
object-oriented programming in Simula
before the name OOP was invented), and an MBA from
Queen's University in
Kingston, Ontario (where, with Rick Burns, I wrote a linear
programming package that ran on an IBM XT). I spent three years on
faculty at the Queen's
teaching statistics and MIS. Brent Gallupe arrived at Queen's in
1986, and got me interested in collaboration technologies (Group
Support Systems). I did my PhD at the
of Arizona. I joined the
Terry College of Business at The
University of Georgia in 1991, and was promoted to associate
professor in 1995 and full professor in 1999. In 2000, I moved to
University to accept the
John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems.
I enjoy golf, snorkeling, and war-gaming (games by SPI, Avalon
Hill, WizKids, and Wizards of the Coast)
and RPG such as D&D. I have a wonderful son, Alec, born in 1993.
He's been using the computer since 1995 and wrote his first letter
(by hand without help) in 1996 (Ok, so it was only one word, but it
wasn't bad for a 3-year old). He’s since gone on to bigger and
better things such as being a member of the University Elementary
School team that designed the winning toy in the
2005 National Toy Challenge
in the Toys that Teach – School Age category (he’s the one in front
of Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan holding the check in this