Faculty Profiles

Thomas J. Virgona

Associate Professor
Health Informatics, College of Nursing and Public Health

Nexus Building 335

General Information



- Ph.D. / Doctor of Philosophy - Information Studies, Long Island University / C.W. Post Campus (2008)

- Master of Science Degree - Information Systems, Pace University, New York City, New York (1996)

- Bachelor of Science Degree - Computer Science, State University of New York at Brockport (1983)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

• Essentials of Firefighting and Primary Operations; 24A S24CMB613A Nassau County Fire Service Academy;  June 2013
• Advanced CPR - August 2011
• New York State Boating Safety Certification – January 2009
• Pace University Teaching Effectively Online Certification – September 2007
• Approach to Teaching and Online Learning Certification – October 2006
• Westwood Certified Instructor – June 2006
• PADI Open Water Diver – June 1994
• New York State Real State Salesman – December 1982

Professional Experience

Professional Experience


January 1990 to February 2009  
Vice President / Global Technology

2000 - 2009; Export Licensing Manager: U.S. regulations require that a license, or a license exemption, be obtained before technology is exported by a U.S. company. All technology staff who may be required to export technology as part their jobs must be aware of these regulations and comply with the export compliance standards described in this document. The primary intent of these laws is to prevent advanced technology from being obtained by international terrorists and criminals. Of most concern is technology related to encryption. Responsibilities include: Application Classification, Identifying Projects that may impact Export Control, Software Vendor Export Compliance, Consultant Vendor Export Compliance, Foreign National Employees: “Deemed Export” Compliance, Temporary Work Authorization For Foreign Nationals, Physical Shipment across National Borders, RCSA, Training and Awareness and Hand Carry Letters.

2000 - 2009; Technology Information Security Officer:  The TISO is the focal point for ensuring that applications deployed in support of a business provide a level of protection appropriate to the class of information managed in those systems and applications.  A TISO must established relationships with the domain architects, project managers and other disciplines within the development unit.  In general, the responsibilities include:
•    Ensure that Technology area practices and processes conform with IS policies and standards, Participate as needed in local and global Peer Review Committee meetings to ensure consistency with IS needs, Perform IS reviews as required related to Project Management.
•    Ensure entitlement reviews are executed within CitiTech according to defined standards and procedures.
•    Ensure Vulnerability Assessments are being conducted according to defined standards, Participate in reviews of Ethical Hack results or other Vulnerability assessment testing of web sites owned by the businesses.
•    Manage the SIRT (Security Incident and Response Team) process, coordinate and track appropriate information security training and awareness programs.
•    Regularly updates to CitiTech Sr. Management and GISO on key aspects of information security and Provide ongoing management, oversight and reporting related to the IS function.

2000 - 2009; Software Quality Manager: Responsible for the evaluation of departments adherence to the software product standards, processes, and procedures and assuring that standards and procedures are established and are followed throughout the software development life cycle.

2001 - 9/11 Special Project; Collected Global Fixed Income Technology information relating to the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center facility.  This data was subsequently reported to legal and governmental agencies.

1996 – 2000; Assistant Vice President;  Year 2000 and EMU Program Management

1990 – 1996; Technology Project Manager; Budget and Human Resource management:
•    Technology management of back office loan application: CLASS (UNIX/Oracle/XML), Citiloan (Mainframe), Subledger, iLoan and Trade Tracker.  Responsibilities include production support, product development and budgeting.  Applications interface with funds transfer, general ledger, treasury and fax notification systems.
•    Successful deployment of Corporate Loans Asset Sales System on time and $300,000 below budget despite 40% staff reduction during the construction phase.  The CLASS application is the primary Citigroup syndication application distributing over $30 Billion annually.
•    Vendor management and oversight of external resources that provide hardware and software support for critical applications.
•    Collected Global Fixed Income Technology information relating to the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center facility.  This data was subsequently reported to legal and governmental agencies.
•    Project Manager for Global Production Services Intranet projects.  Responsibilities include content development and purchase of software/hardware products (http://citiweb.citicorp.com/grb/grb/operations/gpsweb/).  Website evolved into a management-tracking tool to provide timely updates on major projects and to post critical notifications.
Muscular Dystrophy Association; August 1988 to January 1990 - Senior Programmer / Analyst

Business Envelope; May 1986 to August 1988 - Senior Programmer / Analyst

Adelphi University; October 1984 to May 1986 - Administrative Programmer

Qualified Lead Systems; August 1983 to September 1984; Chicago, Illinois - Junior Programmer

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Learning is the main purpose of education. It is the goal of every student and the task of every teacher to increase knowledge and understanding in the classroom to the best of their abilities. Independent thought is essential to the development of each student. Being able to form unique independent ideas will serve them both in and outside of the classroom. The teacher should also be prepared to lead students in the direction they should go to search for correct conclusions and answers, without always providing the answers themselves. Finally, by using information, students should be able to apply what they have learned to new life or learning situations.

Teachers should also set specific and achievable goals for students. Mastery of information, or subject matter, has always been the goal for teachers. In addition, long term goals for individual students should be set. As a part of this, the intellectual development of each student should continue over time, allowing students to use what they are learning later in life. It is also the hope of all teachers (sometimes unrealistic) that students will develop an interest in the subject area being taught. Although this does not occur in all cases, students should at the very least develop an appreciation for the subject and the material being taught in the classroom.

As a doctoral graduate of Long Island University, a top-tier program in Information Science, I received a Ph.D. Information Studies that was not only methodologically rigorous, but which also sparked my interest and excitement about scholarly research. My research in management information systems is guided by my belief that it is my responsibility and duty to pursue, capture, discover, create, and transmit knowledge about the way that information technology is developed, managed, and used. The purpose and result of this is to enable me to translate what I have learned into information that can be disseminated via professional publications and correspondence, to my students in and outside of the classroom, and to the university and broader community.

I believe that service is key to self-fulfillment and happiness in life. In fact, I believe there is a direct, causal correlation between life satisfaction and service. This is because, as we serve, not only do we find personal satisfaction, we are also able to put our own problems into perspective. I also believe that all members of society who are fortunate enough to have received a university education have a fundamental and even fiduciary responsibility to use their knowledge to benefit society.

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