Thomas Skill

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Thomas D. Skill

Professor; Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer

  • Full-Time Faculty


Thomas Skill is Associate Provost & CIO at the University of Dayton. He joined the Office of the Provost in 1997. Skill has over 30 years of computing and communications technology experience in higher education. He has been on the faculty at the University of Dayton since 1984 and currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Communication.

Prior to his current position, Skill served three years as Associate Provost for Educational Innovation and Technology, three years as Assistant Provost for Academic Technology, and four years as chair of the Department of Communication. He also has served as director of Graduate Studies in Communication for seven years, Interim of Dean of the Graduate School for two years and was lead researcher in the School of Business Administration's Information Systems Laboratory from 1986 to 1993.

Skill’s current area of focus is cybersecurity. He is one of the founding members of the Cybersecurity Consortium of Southwestern Ohio (CCSO). This group is bringing together expertise from academia, business and government to elevate the region’s reputation for advancing cybersecurity research and education along the Cincinnati-Dayton “cyber corridor.”

In addition, Skill is leading the creation of the Center for Cybersecurity and Data Intelligence at the University of Dayton. This center will serve as a major collaborative catalyst for IT security research and education at UD with a focus on highly-experiential learning and multidisciplinary research across all academic units on campus


  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (1984)

Research Interests

A sampling of projects that Skill has shared leadership while at the University of Dayton include:

  • Collaborating on a $6 Million initiative to connect 400 university-owned student houses (covering 25 city blocks) via fiber optics to the campus data network, telephone and cable TV Systems. This project was completed 1999. In 2005, the University updated this system and added wireless data services to these houses. 
  • Collaborating on the creation of a University Learning Teaching Center that integrates Educational Technology with faculty development and student support services (2000).
  • Collaborating on the creation of Artstreet; a $12 Million student residential complex that integrates learning and living within the context of the arts and technology. (2004)
  • In 2008, the University embarked on an ERP initiative whereby several IT systems were consolidated into the Ellucian Banner system. This multi-year implementation project, which was completed in 2012, has already produced substantial positive benefits for UD's recruitment and admissions operations as well as enhanced student advising, registration and access to academic and business documents and processes.
  • In 2012, collaborated on the planning, construction and implementation of a new 5000 sq. ft. production data center to replace the University’s 40-year-old facility.
  • In 2013, collaborated on the planning and implementation of remote Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity data center to serve an emergency backup facility in the event of an on-campus system disruption.

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations

Skill, Thomas. “The On-Site Data Center and Off-Site Cloud Applications: Embracing the “Hybrid Cloud” Strategy” CIO Review – Education Technology Special Issue, October 2014. (pp 80-81)

Skill, Thomas. “Create and Encourage Greater Integration Across the Traditional IT Silos” CIO Review – Education Technology Special Issue, December 2013.

Skill, Thomas. “Leading and Aligning IT Innovations in Higher Education” In: Improving IT Performance. Thompson Reuters/Aspatore, 2009.  Pp. 19-32.

Skill, Thomas. “Academic Libraries: A View from the Top – Challenges, Impact and Value.” Presentation to the Ohio Library Association Annual Meeting.  Wilmington, Ohio. October 26, 2012

Skill, Thomas, David Wright and Jeremy Mlazovsky. “Assessing Emerging Technologies in the Age of Escalating Cyber Awareness” Presentation at the Wright-Patterson AFB Annual Cyber Focus Conference.  WPAFB.  April 26, 2011.

Skill, Thomas, David Wright and Jeremy Mlazovsky. “The Emerging Technologies Horizon.” Presentation to the AFCEA-InfoTech Annual Conference.  Dayton, Ohio. October 20, 2010.

Skill, Thomas, David Wright and Jeremy Mlazovsky. “The IT Innovations Horizon: Viewing Predictions through the Lens of Market Adoption Principles.” Keynote Presentation at the Technology First Innovations Landscape Conference. Dayton, Ohio. May 26, 2010.