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Honoring our Retirees – Fall 2023

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When Frank Cervone, PhD, came to the School of Public Health as the director of information technology in 2014, he quickly identified key technology gaps in SPH’s research portfolio. Nearly a decade later, retiring from SPH as the executive director for information services, Cervone can look back on significant technology growth and interconnectivity with the rest of the university.

“The most motivating factor for me was the mission of SPH and helping to promote public health and improving the health of the population in general,” Cervone said. During Cervone’s tenure at SPH, he worked at the university level to build UIC’s IT governance and research data security, in collaboration with partners from other colleges. He played a key role in UIC’s first iteration of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research, which provides researchers and collaborators around the globe with computational resources and data-related services.

Currently, Cervone has taken on a new role with San Jose State University leading its BS in Information Science and Data Analytics program. His role is fully remote, allowing him to enjoy one of his chief retirement passions of traveling the globe. He says he enjoys the slower pace of life that (semi) retirement offers.

“It is interesting to see from a tech perspective how the School has progressed and is more active in its relationship to how it uses technology,” Cervone said. “The people aspects of public health are extremely important, but you can’t really do that today without having a strong technology foundation.”