University of California, San Diego


May 5, 2006


SUBJECT:    Retirement of John McCleary

John McCleary has announced his retirement from his position as Director of Business Process Initiatives, effective June 29, 2006. John has been a member of the UCSD community since 1964 when he enrolled in the first freshman class of Revelle College. He graduated in 1968 and started his career at UCSD in 1969 working for the computer center. Since then he worked for several campus organizations including the Registrar, Academic Computing, Student Affairs, Business Affairs, and Administrative Computing & Telecommunications. In 1999, John assumed the director position of Business Process Initiatives to develop and implement portals and new systems to improve services and information for all campus staff and faculty.

The majority of John's career has been dedicated to developing and implementing campus-wide student systems. He developed the first online student system in 1971 and has fostered continual improvements in systems and services throughout his career. John has always strived to put the user's needs first and has stressed the importance of user- centered design and excellent customer service. Some of the systems implemented under his management include:

- Class Scheduling,
- Online Registration systems for all students,
- Admissions systems for undergraduates and medical students,
- Integrated Student Information System (ISIS),
- Degree Audit and Reporting system (DARS),
- Integration of the Student Financial Aid System into ISIS,
- StudentLink and the Link Family foundation processes,
- Blink (the business portal for faculty and staff), and
- TritonLink (the portal for students).

In addition, under John's leadership, Sharecase, the annual UCSD technology showcase, has grown to a campuswide event with over 2,000 participants. In his current role, he is involved in several new initiatives including an electronic forms system, course approval process, electronic course catalog, and interactive campus maps.

John is retiring at a time when the growth of campus systems and services are at an all-time high and when many of our sister campuses are looking to UCSD to be the continued leader in portal development and business process initiatives. UCSD has been very fortunate to have had John's dedication to finding intuitive and easy to use technical solutions for so many of the University's transactions and processes.

Please join me in expressing our sincere gratitude to John for his many years of service and outstanding contributions to our community. I wish him a wonderful retirement and am sure that he will always continue to be part of the UCSD family.

As we reorganize and prepare for John's retirement, I am also pleased to announce that Karen Cangialosi, our Manager of Portal Services, will be assuming John's responsibilities.

Elazar C. Harel
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Administrative Computing &