David Hamilton

Submitted by David L. Hamilton
Adirondack high peaks, 2010

Chief Information Officer
phone: 2167

Education: BA in English Literature from the College of Wooster, 1991

Bio: I started my career in trade publishing in NYC, helping print publishers migrate to computer-driven page layout and design from traditional page compositing techniques. From there I moved to a family-owned media company in Portland, Maine, and spent ~7 years helping their newspaper and television properties make the transition to the online world. I've spent the last 14 years working in higher education, helping Bowdoin, Skidmore and Amherst College through the same transition process.

Amherst History: I started work at Amherst in March of 2006 as Director of Web Services. I've twice assumed IT leadership roles in the intervening years - first as Interim Co-Director of Information Technology in 2010, next as Interim Chief Information Officer in September of 2014. In April of 2015 my appointment as CIO was made permanent.

Professional interests: I ran into the writings of Ted Nelson and his conception of Project Xanadu back in the late 1980's. I've spent the bulk of my career chasing Ted's dream.

Personal interests: I'm an avid reader, an avid gamer, am active outdoors, especially hiking and light mountaineering, and I have a 2 young children (2 and 4 at the end of 2014) and a wife and  Golden Retriever that I spend a lot of time adventuring with. We live on property in Belchertown that was formerly a small horse farm and are gradually turning what was pastureland into productive farmland. We have a half acre vegetable garden, a medium sized asparagus patch, large strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry patches, 22 apple trees, a medium sized henhouse with ~20 chickens and guinea hens, and each year we add new crops. In 2015 we added PawPaw trees, Kiwi fruit, Gojiberries, and Honeyberries.