Dr. Paul M. Leidig is currently the Director of the School of Computing and Information Systems and Assistant Dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Leidig holds several positions of leadership in computer science and information systems boards and organizations, including serving as a Commissioner on the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, and serves on the profession advisory council of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), and is a past-president of the Education Special Interest Group of AITP. In addition, he serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and chairs the Division II Academic Requirements Committee of the NCAA.
With over 30 years in the computing discipline, he began his career in computing as the data processing director of a regional hospital. He was an early pioneer in the movement towards the use of personal computers as the next generation of enterprise systems infrastructure. His academic career includes serving for over eight years on the faculties of James Madison and Eastern Mennonite universities, prior to joining Grand Valley State University in 1991.
Originally a member of Grand Valley’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, he was part of the faculty that created the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems becoming its Chair in 2000, and later was the founding Director of the School of Computing & Information Systems. He has been instrumental in the creation of several new programs including minors in Healthcare Information Systems, Information Technology, Information Security Systems, and a Professional Science Masters in Medical & BioInformatics.
An author of several textbooks on database systems and applications, Leidig focused his research on human-computer interaction and interface design. Some of his early work specialized on the emerging use of graphical user interfaces, and handheld mobile computing. He continues to teach upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on the management of information systems and information systems policy.
His involvement with AITP began with membership in the DPMA in 1977. He continued this involvement with several years on the board of the Association for Information Technology Professionals – Special Interest Group on Education where he has served as Vice President and President for four years, and as the ISECON 2009 Conference Chair.
Leidig received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.B.A from James Madison University, and a B.S. Eastern Mennonite University.
Each year Fellows are inducted in honor of their sustained, long-term, meaningful and effective support of EDSIG in its ongoing mission to improve IS Education, mentor IS students, and foster the careers of IS faculty.