The School of Information Advisory Council is a board of appointed volunteers who actively assist the dean in the School's advancement efforts. Council members contribute to the school's advancement in a number of ways, including:

  • Provide insights to the Dean, faculty, and staff on how the School can enhance the impact of its services on various stakeholder groups
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Dean, faculty, and staff on strategy, important issues affecting the future of the School
  • Engage in, assist, and support the fundraising efforts of the School
  • Provide valuable contacts for students and advice in their career selection decisions and job-seeking activities, and provide input to the Dean, faculty, and staff for assessing the progress of the school and charting future courses
  • Provide valuable contacts for faculty to provide access to the business community for research purposes, to inform their research and teaching, and to help them further develop their research, teaching, and public service skills
William (Bill) Anderson

William (Bill) Anderson

Dr. Bill Anderson is a cofounder of Praxis101, an adjunct faculty member at The University of Texas' School of Information as well as an editor at CODATA Data Science Journal. Prior to founding Praxis101 he worked for Xerox Corporation. Bill holds a BS in Chemistry from Wagner College, as well as a PhD in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Selene Arrazolo

Selene Arrazolo

Selene is a Data Analyst at data.world, an Austin-based startup. She was previously the Director of Customer Support at Information Evolution. A former Catalog Engineer at Infochimps Inc., Selene earned her Master of Science in Information Studies from the UT School of Information in 2012, and is a graduate of Smith College. Before attending the iSchool and moving into the tech world, she was the Assistant Director of an art gallery and the Registrar of an art handling company, where she helped create the company’s digital asset management system.

Virginia  Bowden

Virginia Bowden

Dr. Virginia Bowden was the Library Director for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Virginia worked with UT’s Health Science Center for 33 years. She began her career as a computer programmer working for companies including Texaco, and the American Medical Association. Prior to earning her PhD in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin, Virginia received her BA in Math from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MSLS from the University of Kentucky.

Calvin Boyer

Calvin Boyer

A twice graduate of the School of Information at The University of Texas; now twice retired, Dr. Calvin Boyer received his MLIS from UT in 1964, and then earned the first PhD awarded by the Library School in 1972. After completing his education, Calvin enjoyed a long and successful career in academic Libraries.

Diane Brown

Diane Brown

Diane earned her MLIS in 1983 from UT, after graduation in 1980 from UT Arlington with a BA in History. After working in public libraries for a couple of years, she enrolled in the UT School of Law, graduating in 1988. Her main practice area was administrative law, as well as some public interest law. Currently, she volunteers with children, does some pro bono legal work, and periodically writes commentaries, which air on KERA, the local public radio station in Dallas.

Lisa Cruces

Lisa Cruces

Lisa graduated from the School of Information in 2012 and currently serves as the Hispanic Collections Archivist at the University of Houston. Prior to her position at UH, Lisa was the Librarian-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Harold (Woody) Davis

Dr. Harold (Woody) Davis

Dr. Davis serves as Group Manager of NAS Data Release and Senior Policy Advisor within Mission Support Services, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington DC. Prior to his current position, Woody has enjoyed a career working with organizations such as the Center for Naval Analysis, United States Air Force, FAA, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, as well as The University of Texas. He completed his JD at Baylor University and earned his MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio.

Sharon Fawcett

Sharon Fawcett

Sharon recently retired from her position as Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries. She began her career in archives at the Lyndon Johnson library, and then pursued a career which would include 34 years in public service. Sharon received her BA from The University of Texas, and then earned her MLIS, also at UT.

Randy Finch

Randy Finch

Randy is a Managing Director for Westlake Securities in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining the Firm, Randy was Managing Director of the Austin Office of Chiron Financial Group. He was a founder and Chief Financial Officer of GX Technology Corporation. Randy holds a BBA in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from The University of Texas, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. Randy began his career at Deloitte where he served clients in a variety of industries including technology, banking, securities and retail.

Lance Hayden

Lance Hayden - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Lance Hayden is a Solutions Architect at Cisco Systems, Inc, as well as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Information at the University of Texas. After receiving his undergraduate degree from The Univesity of New Mexico, Lance came to Austin where he earned his MLIS and PhD in Information Science at The University of Texas.

Gary Hoover

Gary Hoover

Gary in an entrepreneur whose most notable ventures include founding BOOKSTOP Inc in 1982, which he later sold to Barnes and Noble, and Hoovers. Gary has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. He currently travels the world giving speeches and serving as a consultant. He is an active supporter of nonprofit entrepreneurship, particularly in education.

Caris Hurd

Caris Hurd

Caris is a user experience designer and researcher at Four Kitchens, a web design and development firm in Austin. She completed her MSIS at the School of Information in 2013. Prior to attending the iSchool, she worked in the Austin tech industry as a web developer and a product manager. A two-time UT alum, she also holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the McCombs School of Business.

Cheryl Leatherbury

Cheryl Leatherbury

Cheryl is Senior Vice President of Sales and Field Services for Scientific Learning, which distributes software products that accelerate learning by applying proven research on how the brain learns. Prior to joining Scientific Learning in 2000, Cheryl was a vice president for SchoolVision Inc./Apple Computer agent. Cheryl began her work career with Kingsville ISD as teacher, library media specialist and administrator. She graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and earned her Master’s in Library Science from the iSchool.

Matt Manning

Matt Manning

Matt has worked in the reference publishing business as a new product development specialist for over twenty years. Most recently Matt founded and acted as Managing Director for an Indian-based publishing research operation where he successfully handled major database maintenance and enhancement projects for 4 of the world’s top 10 reference publishing firms. Matt is a graduate of Cornell University.

Mike Martinez

Mike Martinez

Mike received his bachelor degree in Government and Spanish from The University of Texas. After which he earned his JD from St. Marys University School of Law, and his MLIS in Law Librarianship from The University of Texas. Mike is currently an associate professor and the head of student services at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Morgan McMillian

Morgan McMillian

Morgan McMillian became the Director of the Lake Travis Community Library in June 2009, shortly after receiving her MLIS from The University of Texas in May 2009. Additionally, she has a masters degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a BA in English from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mike Millard

Mike Millard

Mike Millard is the Director of Innovation at Seton Healthcare Family. Mike joined Seton in 2013 and is responsible for determining how to optimize what people need and desire with what is technically feasible and viable as a business. He does this through human centered design research, technology commercialization and opportunistic venture capital pursuits. His team drives outcomes that increase revenue, reduce costs, and enhance the patient experience. Mike holds an MBA in International Business from Western Illinois University and a BS in Marketing and Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Jeff Pirtle

Jeff Pirtle

Jeff is the Director of Archives & Collections at NBCUniversal in Universal City, Calif. Before joining Universal Studios in July 2002 as Archivist for Manuscripts and Special Collections, Pirtle served as Museum and Archives Project Manager for the J.C. Penney Company in Plano, Texas. He has also worked for the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and served as a graduate intern with the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Jeff holds a BA in History and an MA in Museum Science, both from Texas Tech University.

Michael Redding

Michael Redding

Michael is currently a Senior Developer and Experience Lead at Springbox, a digital agency in Austin. His expertise lies in bridging the gap between user experience and technical development, with a focus on interface and interaction design. He holds both a BA and MSIS from UT Austin, where he served as the graduate student body president.

Scott Reeve

Scott Reeve

Scott is a retired research geologist for Shell’s Deepwater Exploration division. He earned his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas College of Natural Science. The son of a librarian, Dr. Reeve has long been involved with the University of Texas School of Information.

Dr. Dale Ricklefs

Dr. Dale Ricklefs

Dale recently retired as the director of the public library in Round Rock, Texas. As a committed professional, Dale served the city of Round Rock for 30 years. Although retired, she is still very active in the community, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Business-Leadership. She earned her undergraduate degree from Illinios Wesleyan University, and her MLIS from The University of Texas.

Christian  Schley

Christian Schley - Chair

Ms. Schley is currently a consultant on a broad range of legal and information matters, after having practiced law for many years in both large law firm and large corporation environments, and serving as a senior level executive search professional to large law firm, corporate, and non-profit clients. She is a graduate of Smith College, with an M.Ed from Boston University, a JD from Emory University School of Law, and an MSIS from The University of Texas.

Catherine Schneider

Catherine Schneider

Catherine is currently a senior manager of design strategy at Samsung Telecommunications America. Catherine grew up in Austin, earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt Univeristy, and returned to Austin to pursue her MLIS from the School of Information at The University of Texas. Since completing graduate school, Catherine has enjoyed a successful career with companies including marchFIRST, Arthur Andersen, and the Texas Comptroller’s office.

Deborah Sours

Deborah Sours

Deborah is a Research Services Manager with DLA Piper LLP (US), a global law firm. Deborah earned her MLIS from UT Austin in 1997, after graduation from UT in 1986 with a BA in history.

Darryl  Tocker

Darryl Tocker

Darryl is the executive director of the Tocker Foundation, an Austin-based family foundation that supports libraries and library education in Texas. A Univeristy of Texas graduate in accounting, Darryl worked as an accountant for the Zales Corporation prior to starting the Tocker Foundation with his parents and uncle.

Sue Trombley

Sue Trombley - Vice-Chair

Sue Trombley has more than 25 years of records and information management consulting experience in a variety of industries. Her specialties are enterprise information governance strategy and electronic records roadmap development. Trombley holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and recently was certified as an Information Governance Professional. She is Vice President of the Boston Chapter of ARMA and a frequent speaker at ARMA, AIIM, and Compliance Week events.

Robert Walton

Robert Walton

Robert is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of College Stores (NACS), the professional trade association for the collegiate retailing industry. Walton has also served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Vassar College and Chief Executive Officer of the Claremont University Consortium. A former partner and software executive of several companies, Walton earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UT Austin, and he spent a decade teaching information management and technology strategic planning at the School of Information.

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