Director of Operations and Infrastructure
J. Stacy Tucker
Mr. Stacy Tucker joined The University of Southern Mississippi in 2009 and serves as iTech’s director of operations and infrastructure. In this role, he has developed strategies for improving the utilization of the technology services throughout the University’s campuses, manages the University Technology and Data Center (UTDC), and is responsible for the networking and telephone systems. The success and capabilities of the UTDC has resulted in a $500,000 grant award for a regional videoconferencing network from the USDA and recognition by Computerworld as a 2012 Honors Laureate in the area of education technology innovation.
Before joining the University in 2009, Tucker worked in the commercial sector for more than a decade, holding a variety of leadership positions. His background includes regional vice president of a Fortune 100 technology and outsourcing services firm, where he led health care provider outsourcing operations for several leading health care organizations and health systems throughout the United States.
In previous roles, Tucker has served as chief information officer for a leading Midwestern health care organization, has led consulting practices focused on emerging technologies, and has developed software implementation models blending domestic and international resources. He has previously served as an active member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and held their highest industry certifications. He has also completed other advanced technology management training including Six Sigma and the Capability Maturity Models (CMM).
The Jones County native holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry, both earned at Southern Miss. While an undergraduate, Tucker was selected by the American Chemical Society for participation in advanced study in nuclear and radiochemistry at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Stony Brook, New York. Tucker is also active in public-sector technology professional organizations, including serving as a reviewer for EDUCAUSE’s Review Online and as the State of Mississippi’s state/province coordinator for ACUTA.
Among many civic activities, Tucker serves as alderman-at-large for the city of Ellisville. He’s an active member of the Mississippi Municipal League, maintaining Basic and Advanced Certified Municipal Official certifications, and recently participated in Leadership Jones County through the Economic Development Authority of Jones County. Tucker remains active in statewide leadership roles, currently participating as a fellow with the Stennis Institute of Government’s 2012-13 Education and Policy Fellowship Program.