Teradata University Network Executive Director Michael Goul is passing the leadership baton, as he moves on after three years of service in building the Teradata University Network to a significant point in its existence. We appreciate Mike’s contributions. Begun as a free teaching portal where Teradata and its business partners provided software, real-world business conditions, and very large data sets to academics and students, Teradata University Network is now a valued learning resource in more than 1,600 universities in 90 countries. More important than its great reach is the expansion of its mission to include a greater role in ensuring that businesses have access to data analytics workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective.
It is through Mike’s efforts, and those of his predecessors Barb Wixom and founding director Hugh Watson, that Teradata University Network has come to this place. These people are the leaders who have been at the forefront for many years, working to train university students to be break-through thinkers and doers who use data to create business value. Mike will continue to serve on the Teradata University Network advisory board as a Fellow and continue his work to incorporate business intelligence into core IT and business curricula.
Join me in extending a warm welcome to the new Executive Director, Paul Gray. Paul is well respected as one of the founders and creators of decision support system database curriculum and is a distinguished professor emeritus of Claremont Graduate University. You might want to take a minute to check out the Paul Gray PC Museum, home to many of the industry’s first computers. As a senior advisory board member for several years, Paul is well acquainted with the mission of Teradata University Network. As the number of data-driven businesses proliferate and the sources of data and the tools to analyze data grow, we’re fortunate to have Paul at the helm of Teradata University Network as it continues to foster the business acumen and technical expertise that companies need to integrate, investigate and implement data analytics.