Dr. Alan McCordDr. Alan McCord

Associate Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies,Lawrence Technological University
College Professor, Management

Phone (248) 204-2411
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Dr. Alan McCord has served as associate provost and dean of graduate studies since 2010. He joined Lawrence Tech in 2003 as a professor of management and the academic director of information technology programs and operations.  In 2006, he became the executive director for the University's online initiatives, whcih were expanded into the new e-learning Services department in 2009.

Prior to coming to LTU, he served as senior director for planning and coordination for the Information Technology Central Services (ITCS) organization at the University of Michigan. ITCS provides computing, Web, data, and telephone services to the three University of Michigan campuses with a staff of 300 and an annual operating budget of over $75M. He also served U-M as associate university chief information officer and director of operations management for the Information Technology Division.

Before coming to the University of Michigan, McCord served as executive director of university computing at Eastern Michigan University from 1991-98, and also held administrative positions at Wayne State University and Oakland Community College. He has consulted for several private sector businesses and higher education institutions, is the author of book chapters IT infrastructure, IT outsourcing, and virtual work environments.

Areas of Expertise

  • IT strategic planning, organization, and governance
  • IT outsourcing and service design
  • Digital asset management
  • Emerging technologies and technology adoption
  • Virtual work technologies
  • Pervasive and community wireless initiatives
  • Online learning and instructional design


  • Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Wayne State University, 1985
  • M.Ed., Instructional Technology, Wayne State University, 1977
  • B.S., Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1972

Professional Participation

  • Sloan Consortium, national asynchronous learning association
  • EDUCAUSE , the association for information technology in higher education
    • Member of Evolving Technologies Committee
    • Former chair of Editorial Committee
    • Member of Funding Task Force
    • Reader for national conference proposals
  • Innovate Magazine, Commentary section editor, webcast moderator
  • Society for Information Management
  • Society for College and University Planning

Community Service

  • Wireless Washtenaw Governance Subcommittee, Washtenaw County
  • Board of Directors, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Board of Directors, Ann Arbor IT Zone
  • E-Government Enhanced Access Board, Washtenaw County
  • Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • University of Michigan Band Alumni Association

Recent Publications and Presentations

Doctoral Dissertations Supervised

  • Allour, K.: The Relationship Between a Critical Success Factors: Maturity Model and User Satisfaction in ERP Implementation Projects (Sponsor DTE Energy)
  • Altimimi, A.: Identification of Key Issues Supporting High-Quality Information Technology Outsourcing Decisions in Higher Education
  • Basal, A.: Web Application Topology mapping through Ontology and Discovery (Sponsor Daimler Chrysler)
  • Lyons, T.: The Impact Of Outsourcing On Surviving Employees' Morale And Productivity (Sponsor Daimler Chrysler)
  • Makar, A.: Preconditions for Effective Deployment of Earned Value Management for Information Technology Projects (Sponsor GMAC)
  • Rajabion, L.: Impact of Government Sponsored IT Initiatives in Rural Areas
  • Turner, T.: Antipatterns in Enterprise Architecture Modeling (Sponsor Volkswagen AG)
  • Wachob, W.: Funding Technology Refreshment in the Private College Setting (Sponsor LTU)