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 Good News: SRU computer science board of visitors chair 



SRU Good News for Feb. 25, 2009


SRU computer science board of visitors chair

takes reins at Four Rivers Software Systems


Barry Skirble, chair of the board of visitors for Slippery Rock University's computer science department, has been named chief technology officer at Four Rivers Software Systems Inc., in Pittsburgh.

            Four Rivers is described as "the leading computerized maintenance management software provider for the healthcare industry."

            "It is always good news to hear a member of our board of visitors, especially the chair, is being recognized and succeeding in the field," said David Valentine, computer science professor and faculty member on the board. "Our board helps keep us aware of the needs of industry so that our computer science classes are relevant to today's challenges. Barry has been an invaluable asset in advising us of industry changes and opportunities."

            SRU's computer science board of visitors was created in 1996 and has some two dozen members. 

Skirble's background and knowledge in software engineering and information technology were cited for his promotion to the company's information technology and product development departments. 

            With more than 25 years experience, Skirble specializes in operating systems, information technology security systems, network systems and protocols, and contingency planning. In addition, his hospital automation experience in asset management systems, robotic delivery systems, and HIPAA regulations are expected to help him drive development of Four Rivers' products. 

Skirble previously served as chief information officer/vice president software engineering of Aethon and chief information officer/security officer at McKesson Automation. He earned his bachelor's in computer science and applied mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. 


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