Jefferson Appoints Chief Information Officer

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of James A. Buyea, Dexter (formerly of Onchiota, NY), to the position of Chief Information Officer. The chief information officer (CIO) is responsible for leading administrative technology, instructional technology and institutional research and planning functions at Jefferson Community College.  The CIO reports to the vice president for administration and finance.   

Mr. Buyea comes to Jefferson from Paul Smith’s College where he has served as vice president of technology services since 2011.  In this role, Mr. Buyea was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of technologies to leverage services for faculty, staff, and students, while enhancing the education of and services to students.   Specifically, Mr. Buyea oversaw systems, personnel and network monitoring, managed 30+ servers  and 2500+ users in a 24/7 environment, and supervised information technology, networking, audiovisual, cable, telephone, radio, video security and electronic infrastructures.

At Paul Smith’s, Mr. Buyea led initiatives that improved network stability by 30% and network speeds by 60%, implemented an in-house student computer support system that reduced student technology issues by over 60% and achieved cost-saving measures of more than $500,000.

Prior to his employment at Paul Smith’s, Mr. Buyea spent ten years at Utica School of Commerce as the director of institutional technology (IT) and director of distance education. He was responsible for establishing the IT and distance learning education departments including mission/vision development, the hiring and training of professional staff and online faculty, and development of policies and procedures.   During his tenure at Utica School of Commerce, Mr. Buyea led resource planning, budget development and operational initiatives such as IT support, networking, telephone, video, and distance education technologies for three campuses in Utica, Oneonta and Canastota.

“We are excited to welcome Jim to Jefferson Community College,” said Daniel J. Dupee II, vice president for administration and finance.  “His experience in strategic planning and technology integration and infrastructure will serve the College well as Jefferson transitions to a 24/7 campus environment with the addition of residence halls.”

In the community, Mr. Buyea is a member of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and has served as technical advisor to the Oneida County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.  Mr. Buyea holds an associate of applied science degree in business administration from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Morrisville, along with a bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.) and master of science degree in business management/marketing, both from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

Mr. Buyea joined Jefferson on October 1, 2013.