David Carr named Chief Operations Officer

July 12, 2011

David Carr has been named Chief Operations Officer for Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), having previously served as director of information technology and chief technology officer, titles he will retain.   Dr. Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO, of NU-Q announced the appointment.

“David Carr’s wide experience and deep knowledge of virtually all of NU-Q’s operations is greatly welcome as we continue to extend our activities and programs. His understanding of and appreciation for NU-Qs talented people along with his overall institutional memory is a real asset for us,” Dennis said.

“As we place more emphasis on planning and strategy to assure that NU-Q’s academic and business operations are poised to help us achieve the vision and mission of this distinctive educational enterprise, David will be a vital member of our executive leadership team,” Dennis said.

Carr’s responsibilities will include strategic planning and coordination of several departments, as well as leadership on problem-solving task forces and other efforts aimed at supporting the dean’s new initiatives for outreach and greater emphasis on digital and global media.   During the last fiscal year, Carr served as special assistant to the dean for operations, along with his IT responsibilities.

Carr came to Qatar in 2008 from Northwestern University’s main campus in Evanston, Illinois, where he served as director of telecommunications and network services and previously associate director for 11 years. While on the staff at Northwestern in Evanston, he also taught two courses in the Kellogg School of Management and was a leader on task forces and committees that promoted institutional cooperation in higher education.

He received his M.S. in information technology at Northwestern and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he began his career at the University of Buffalo as manager of computer systems engineering. His experience in the private sector includes Landmark Ventures in New York City, a strategic technology firm and UB Networks, an internet solutions group.