William C. Dougherty
Executive Director of the Network Infrastructure and Services
William C. Dougherty is the Executive Director of the Network Infrastructure and Services department of the Division of Information Technology at Virginia Tech. The department provides advanced network services—emphasizing robust, integrated and secure information technologies. Drawing on a strong foundation of telecommunications engineering, design, and operational experience, the department designs, deploys and operates wide-area, high-performance computing and communications networks, ensuring the university has direct access to highly reliable, leading edge, high-speed national and global research networks and facilities.
In support of e-discovery for data collection and preservation efforts relating to e-discovery and litigation, he serves as liaison between the university’s Division of Information Technology and General Counsel.
Mr. Dougherty’s prior university service includes:
- Director of the Systems Support unit of Network Infrastructure and Services responsible for infrastructure and application support for Virginia Tech’s central information technology services. During his tenure with Systems Support he published several articles and was a “Managing Technology” columnist for The Journal of Academic Librarianship.
- Systems Engineering and Administration Team Leader, responsible for all messaging and systems administration and, Chair of the Committee on Server Security of the university’s Information Technology Security Task Force.
- A member of the university’s Systems Programming department and the Computing Center’s Network Liaison, managing email systems, resolving email processing issues and addressing abusive or harassing email problems in coordination with the Virginia Tech Police Department, the Dean of Students, and other Internet Service Providers.
- Administrator of the Computing Center’s UNIX and Windows equipment design and operations.
- Head of University Libraries Systems Operations, ensuring optimal operation of the Libraries’ systems through planning, testing procurement and installation of hardware, software and network services for the catalog systems databases.
Mr. Dougherty received a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He subsequently engaged in postgraduate course work at the university in Computer Science and Programming—focusing on Data Structure and Design, and Programming Systems and Storage Theory.