James Hamilton puts a new face on high technology at Kettering University

By Website Administrator | Sep 24, 2002

Kettering University has forged an agreement with EDS to provide the university with the leadership of one of their employees, James A. Hamilton '76, who will assume the duties and responsibilities of interim vice president Information Technology and CIO.

Kettering University has forged an agreement with EDS to provide the university with the leadership of one of their employees, James A. Hamilton '76, who will assume the duties and responsibilities of interim vice president Information Technology and CIO.

Kettering's new CIO is a face-to-face guy at heart. "As a manager I stress the importance of face-to-face communications. I feel too much is lost through voicemail and email communication. The more important the issue, the more important face-to-face contact is," said Hamilton. "I was born in southwest Ohio (Dayton to be exact); that's why I talk the way I do. I grew up on a farm; that's why I work the way I do. And I was educated as an engineer; that's why I think the way I do," Hamilton said.

His mission is to "keep Kettering on the cutting edge of technology. Dr. John believes that cutting edge technology is something that is going to attract students," said Hamilton.

The next step for technology at Kettering is to expand our wireless capability, he said. "The last thing we want to do is put in technology that doesn't get used," Hamilton said, "we have a responsibility to make sure what we put in gets used wisely, by as large a part of the population as possible." Students have already asked to meet with him to share their ideas on Kettering's wireless needs.

Hamilton feels the Kettering experience is great preparation for a corporate career. "At GMI/Kettering there is pressure to perform well, and you are mixed among a lot of other people who are used to performing well," Hamilton said. "It is good training. In today's corporate environment it's 'what have you done for me lately'. Your performance is judged on an almost daily basis. Just like when you start Calc II, your grade in Calc I doesn't count."

Originally from Ohio, Hamilton grew up on a farm 20 miles west of Dayton. He now lives in Clarkston with his wife Brenda. They have two children, son George who is attending Kettering, and daughter Leah who is attending Western Michigan University.