Bryon Fessler ‘Resigned’

Tue Jul 3, 2007 4:38:14 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Payroll

A little bird told me just two minutes ago that Bryon Fessler, the VP of Information Systems at the University of Portland, has resigned from his position. I do not know any details, but if anybody is looking for a new job, apparently that one is now available.

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  1. Ray

    /me claps

  2. Brandon

    I am still in the dark as to why they hired him in the first place…

  3. None

    Well my little bird told me he was asked to resign due to misappropriation of funds. Seems like he was redirecting the university’s money to a ourside project.

    He will not be missed. He was a Psychological bully who could not even borrow a clue on how to treat his staff, not to mention some of the unethical stunts he pulled.

  4. Brandon

    Doesn’t suprise me, after the crap he did when he got in there. Granted, he did do some good things (I’m sure the upgrades that were going in as I was leaving are quite nice…), but he was incredibly devious about the way he ran things.

  5. pencil shades

    Anyone know why and who got him to resign? Any info would be great.

  6. None

    Read my earlier posting dated 5th July.

  7. More Info

    Here is the contents of his letter of resignation to the President of the University of Portland. I got the info from a student who works in the front office. From what my friend told me, he has several job opportunities and only planned to be at UP for a few years.

    July 2, 2007

    Father Beauchamp,

    I am writing to you today to officially tender my resignation as Vice President for Information Services effective July 2, 2007. I appreciate your leadership and support over the past three years as well as your personal and professional advice. It has been a genuine pleasure working at the University of Portland and I value the opportunities that have been given to me and the things that I have learned.
    Sincerely,

    Bryon Fessler

  8. Proof

    None, what proof do you have that he “was redirecting the university’s money to a ourside project.” What is an ourside project anyway? If you mean “outside” then why didn’t the university fire him or file charges. It appears that he left on his own volition and I would suspect that he has several job opportunities given his background.

  9. Dustin

    Proof

    I have also wondered why charges were not brought on him for this.

    Thank you for everybody’s information. It is interesting to see how this develops over time.

  10. Sam

    Mid-Term Report to Northwest Commission on Colleges 2006

    Recommendation 5: More Effective Use of Technology, a Realistic Plan and Timeline
    The Committee recommends that the University more effectively use information technology throughout the institution and develop a realistic plan and timeline for addressing the physical, technical, support, and training issues surrounding administrative, academic, and instructional computing.
    Standard 5.B Information Resources and Services (Accreditation Handbook, page 69) Information resources and services are sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, and currency to support the institution’s curricular offerings.
    Progress Since 2001
    In February 2004, the University finalized its Information Technology Strategic Plan. The plan is not merely a logical extension of past modernization and planning efforts. Rather, it provides a radical and visionary blueprint for the future. Successful accomplishment of the plan’s strategic themes and objectives will require major changes in the University’s culture, the ways people carry out their responsibilities, and the supporting information technology infrastructure and systems. Throughout the entire planning effort, the leaders instilled a collaborative information technology planning process that ultimately engaged over 350 stakeholders in the discussion. The realistic plan covers the time period from 2004 to 2009.
    In November 2004, the University named Bryon Fessler as its first Chief Information Officer (CIO) with responsibility and authority for University-wide telecommunications and computing.
    In September 2005, the University appointed Bryon Fessler as its first Vice President for Information Services. His duties include information services leadership, governance and strategy, academic and administrative computing, networking, telecommunications, information systems, web services, infrastructure, technical support, and other responsibilities assigned by the president.
    In order to effectively use information technology throughout the institution and develop a realistic plan and timeline, Fessler reorganized the Information Services Division into three directorates including Administrative Systems, Technical Support, and Web Services. The Administrative Systems Directorate is responsible for enterprise information systems within the Information Services Division. Areas that fall within this Directorate include Banner services, programming, data standardization, database analysis, and database administration. The Technical Support Directorate is responsible for networking, telecommunications, and technical support within the Information Services Division. Areas that fall within this Directorate include customer support, training, computer labs and classrooms, help desk, computer support, bench and builds, networking and telecommunications, systems administration, information security, and media services. The Web Services Directorate is responsible for enterprise web services, web strategy, and application development within the Information Services Division. Areas that fall within this Directorate include the internal web, Sherpa, web applications, portal, learning management system, and database administration. The Information Services Division reaffirmed the acceptable use policy and authored six new policies and two standards documents including the following:
    Acceptable Use Policy. This policy reflects the ethical principles of the University community and indicates, in general, the privileges and responsibilities of those using University computing resources.
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    Backup Policy. This policy articulates the information technology best practices which call for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly system backups.
    Email Policy. This policy standardizes the naming of email accounts and the file storage associated with these accounts.
    Information Security Policy. This policy articulates the University’s position involving the principles to which students, faculty, staff, and the University community must adhere when handling information owned by or entrusted to the University of Portland.
    Mass Email Policy. This policy articulates the University’s position involving mass email (sometimes called “bulk email”) to distribute official and commercial messages to members of the University community.
    Password Policy. This policy establishes a standard for the creation of strong passwords.
    Peer-to-Peer Policy. This policy articulates the University’s position involving any peer-to-peer application that promotes copyright infringement or the illegal sharing of copyrighted files without permission of the owner or distributor.
    Data Standards. This document records University data standards so as to ensure data integrity, consistency, and completeness.
    Voice and Data Cabling Standards. This document defines the parameters to furnish and install a communications cable plant.
    The Information Services Division also documented the entire voice, data, and video network and is undertaking a $1.5M network “forklift” upgrade this year, the largest network upgrade in the University’s 105-year history.
    In addition to developing a realistic plan and timeline, the Information Services Division more effectively used information technology throughout the institution with several major initiatives including:
    PilotsUP. The Information Services Division secured a $1,100,000 grant (over five years) and invested $300,000 in a new campus portal. The portal, called PilotsUP (https://pilots.up.edu), serves as a one-stop online source for access to email, Banner, campus events, and the course management system Learning@UP. PilotsUP receives approximately 12,000 hits per day and is growing as it responds to the online needs of students, faculty, and staff.
    E-mail. The Information Services Division invested over $150,000 in a new secure, standards-based messaging and collaboration system. The system, known as Microsoft Exchange, allows timely, seamless, and integrated access to information through Microsoft Outlook (PC), Microsoft Entourage (Mac), Outlook Web Access (OWA), and Outlook Mobile Access (OMA). Outlook Web Access is available within PilotsUP (https://pilots.up.edu) or directly at https://webmail.up.edu.
    Pilots Wireless Network. The Information Services Division invested over $75,000 in a wireless network for the University. The system, called Pilots Wireless Network, allows students, faculty, staff, and members of the University community with 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking using devices such as laptops, notebooks, tablets, PDAs, handhelds, Palms,
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    Pocket PCs, Blackberrys, and cell phones in St. Mary’s Student Center Lounge, the Pilot House, and in the Clark Memorial Library. Meeting rooms with wireless networking include the Murphy Conference room and the Seigfried Conference room in Franz Hall and Buckley Center 163.
    Learning@UP. The Information Services Division invested over $50,000 in an online course management system. The system, known as Learning@UP, is used by faculty to manage class email, announcements, assignments, PowerPoint presentations, online quizzes, online grading, course links, and discussion boards. Learning@UP is accessible via the PilotsUP portal at https://pilots.up.edu.
    Additional ways in which the Information Services Division more effectively used information technology throughout the institution are reflected in the following accomplishments:
    - Launched Banner version 6
    - Reorganized Administrative Systems Directorate to support University needs
    - Purchased and implemented Argos, a distributed reporting tool
    - Built an automated account creation process for network logins, email, and personal folders
    - Championed decision to proceed with implementing the Banner Advancement module to replace current “stove pipe” system
    - Created online tool to facilitate tactical planning
    - Published Fall 2004 directory
    - Developed University-wide data standards document
    - Discussed long-term vision for salary/budget planning with Financial Affairs Division
    - Started Employee Self-Serve project
    - Developed game plan for importing photos into Banner
    - Implemented ACS for Portland Magazine, Alumni Almanac, Reunion, and Annual Fund
    - Purchased Banner training from SCT
    - Reviewed Banner Self Serve needs
    - Assisted with School of Nursing database needs
    - Assisted with School of Education database needs
    - Published President’s Stewardship report
    - Created the online Financial Aid application
    - Implemented Resource 25 (campus calendar)
    - Converted 6,200 customers to MS Exchange
    - Established wireless networking in 3 locations
    - Documented and assessed the network
    - Refreshed 260 computers
    - Added six smart classrooms/conference rooms
    - Created fleet of 10 new smart carts with projectors, laptops, speakers and DVD/VCR
    - Established new MDF with conditioned power and racks
    - Extended fiber into new MDF in preparation for ongoing projects and major network upgrade
    - Installed storage area network (SAN) with 8 terabytes of raw capacity
    - Installed 8 new blade servers
    - Installed Pharos Uniprint (Print Reduction Initiative)
    - Built SHERPA, a content management and web site development system
    - Conducted SHERPA training for 100+ superusers across campus
    - Reoriented http://www.up.edu website architecture and management process through department/office cooperation and dedicated superuser efforts
    - Created PilotsUP with the help of extensive campus community cooperation
    - Developed Learning@UP, an online learning management system
    - Implemented FormArtist, an online form and survey creation tool
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    - Created the University online change password service
    - Improved the Information Services Division online software download center
    - Improved the online Founders Day calendar and seminar planning application
    - Improved site search on http://www.up.edu
    - Codified university-wide data standards document
    - Implemented CBORD system (meal cards)
    - Launched Banner version 7
    - Purchased and installed package tracking software for the mailroom
    - Rewired Chiles Center (athletic facility)
    - Implemented secure key locking system
    - Created new technology procurement coordinator position
    - Created new computer support specialist position
    - Installed new printers in all computer labs/classrooms
    - Installed additional blade servers
    - Achieved certification as an Apple Self Servicing Account in order to increase speed of repairs
    - Upgraded Sherpa Suite, a content management and web site development system, based on comments from first six months of use
    - Conducted Sherpa Suite training for 100+ superusers across campus twice each semester
    - Launched 31 department, office, college, and school websites on http://www.up.edu.
    - Initiated collection and communication of extensive site analytics statistics for http://www.up.edu with superusers
    - Installed, tuned, and upgraded site search on http://www.up.edu
    - Planned and implemented PilotsUP portal with extensive campus community cooperation
    - Developed and managed Learning@UP, an online learning management system built on Moodle
    - Developed an Exchange webmail and personal calendar portlet based on WebDav
    - Created the University online manage password system
    - Customized the internal campus events calendar application, online event request system, and help sheets
    - Partnered with Quask developers to troubleshoot and stabilize FormArtist in most recent product upgrade
    - Stabilized, optimized, and secured resources, processes, and procedures related to SQLServer
    - Documented and tested SQLServer backup and recovery processes
    - Assisted Public Safety with implementation of call-logging software including integration with SQLServer
    - Managed database portion of Pharos Pay4Print implementation
    - Installed, integrated, and conducted campus test of GroupDrive web folder access system
    - Created three new domains, faculty.up.edu, teaching.up.edu, and orgs.up.edu with SSL encryption and full PHP/MySQL support to facilitate the community’s use of the web
    - Moved student organizations off of insecure and unsupported web servers onto supported organization domain with SSL encryption and full Drupal and PHPNuke support
    - Planned migration of University community off of limited resource of Lewis server to Sherpa, Learning@UP, three domains, remote folder access, and supported application servers
    The Information Services Division provided a variety of ongoing training and support opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the University community to enable them to use technology more creatively and more effectively. For example, the Information Services Division delivered approximately 1,200 training hours this past year for the following applications:
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    Application # Sessions
    Microsoft Office products 95 sessions (PC)
    Macromedia products 12 sessions (Mac)
    Adobe products 16 sessions
    Learning@UP 80 sessions
    Banner 7 upgrade training 6 sessions
    Intro Argos training 24 sessions
    Advanced Argos training 24 sessions
    SHERPA training 36 sessions
    Form Artist 12 sessions
    Miscellaneous training 4 sessions
    As part of its mission to provide the highest quality, most reliable, contemporary, and integrated technology-based services to students, faculty, staff, and the University community, the Information Services Division greatly expanded the following services:
    Computer Classrooms. There are nine computer classrooms on campus with computers for students and an instructor’s computer connected to a video projector. The computer classrooms are located in Franz 107, and 125, Buckley Center 15, 211, and 212, Engineering 313, and 314, and Old Science 201, and 206. The computer classrooms contain personal computers (PCs) with the exception of Franz 125 and Buckley Center 212 which contain Macintosh computers. All computer classrooms have network and Internet access.
    Smart Classrooms/Seminar Rooms and Carts. There are fourteen smart classrooms and four smart seminar classrooms on campus. Smart classrooms and seminar rooms contain the latest in audiovisual technology to provide the utmost in interactive education. Smart classrooms are located in Franz 006, 015, 026, 034, 125, 206, 214, 223, and 231, Engineering 216, and Buckley Center 209, 307, 310, and 314. The four smart seminar rooms are located in Franz 010, 106, 108 and 205. Each smart seminar room contains a computer, network and Internet access, VCR/DVD player, video projector, screen, and overhead projector with sound system. Smart classrooms also include a tape player and some house a laserdisc player. These rooms can be used for instructor lectures and student presentations. As a result of the high demand for these rooms, Information Services continually adds more smart classrooms. By request, non-mediated classrooms can also be equipped with an interactive cart on a first come, first served basis. There are ten smart carts each containing a laptop, VCR/DVD player, video projector, and sound system.
    Computer Labs (General Purpose). There are three general purpose computer labs on campus located in Franz 111, the Clark Memorial Library, and Buckley Center 212 (when not being used as a computer classroom). Each lab contains PCs or Macintosh computers or, in some cases, a mix of the two. Operating hours for the labs match facility hours. Information Services employs student workers as laboratory assistants, who are responsible for laboratory operations including answering questions, cleaning computers, filling printers with paper/toner, and reporting broken and/or missing equipment.
    Computer Labs (Special Purpose). There are eight special purpose computer labs on campus located in Franz 120 (foreign language lab), Franz 119/120 (learning resource center), Franz 111 (assistive technology lab), Buckley Center 304, Engineering 214, and 215, and Swindells 128, 143, and 241. Each lab contains PCs or Macintosh computers and specialty software as determined by faculty. Special purpose labs are available for use by students enrolled in courses in engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, physics, and foreign
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    languages, and by students with special needs. In some cases, a computer classroom will double as a computer lab for certain courses (e.g., music, GIS, and remote sensing).
    Access Computing. There are twenty full-featured kiosk PCs that provide quick-stop access to PilotsUP and the Internet. They are located in the Pilot House, St. Mary’s Student Center Lounge, Buckley Center, and Franz Hall. Additionally, each resident hall has a cluster of PCs available for use by residents and staff. PCs are available in the basement of Villa Maria, Mehling, Kenna, Christie, and Shipstad Halls; in Corrado Hall on the 2nd floor, both wings; and Haggerty and Tyson Hall in the University Village Lobby.
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  11. Dustin

    Were you going to make a point at all during your book report?

  12. heifer (ugh!)

    i’ve always thought that if you resigned “effective immediately” it meant you were forced to. most responsible people give at least two weeks notice. a vp level usually gives much more. seems like the info up above about the “many offers” is almost defensive. wonder why?

  13. notsurprised

    That’s a big posting by Sam. No doubt that Mr. Fess ‘achieved’ a good deal of things. It’s also clear he alienated people and that his mgmt style made some staff unhappy enough to leave. I’m sure some people there must have loved him. I know some people there hated him.

    That listing does little to sway me. It does makes me wonder what happened during that period that caused so many people – who must have worked so hard to achieve for Mr. Fess what’s on that list – to leave.

    All that is clear is it was an abrupt departure, with little clue as to why or where he was going. In higher ed, that often means you have been shuffled out the door. It’s a much more common tactic than firing.

    Just because someone may have done ’something perceived as wrong’, doesn’t mean the university wants to let other people know. The image and value of the university are always top priority.

  14. Ray

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22bryon+fessler%22

  15. Adrian

    I think he did a great job while he was at UP. I worked for the computer support area as a resident computer consultant. We say a huge increase in vision, equipment, maintenance, etc. We didn’t have wireless on campus three years ago and now it is almost everywhere. He had tons of vision. An employee in the help desk once told me that 50 percent of his folks left within the first six months because he made them have job descriptions, performance appraisals, and then he linked their pay increases to performance…go figure! Almost an entire department without job descriptions. It is no wonder they didn’t get very much done. I had a friend who worked in the library and she said the library experienced the same thing. This is probably true of any complacent organiztion. They need to be cleaned from time to time and Fessler is definately a cleaner.

  16. Adrian

    Ray, were you trying to make a point with your website search of Fessler. If so, I didn’t get it. Were you one of the employees who left because you didn’t want to perform???? I was wondering why you clapped so loudly when he resigned. Perhaps you were one of the imfamous students on campus who tried to hack into the network and got caught???

  17. gridley

    Adrian,
    You might want to get your facts straight about the “infamous” students who tried to “hack” into the network. Fessler is nothing that his resume hyped him up to be. Essentially calling a student a terrorist and saying that several students violated the Patriot Act? Do you think that is really necessary? And the “infamous” students who tried to “hack” the network never hacked anything. You might want to update your definition of “hack.” A network security feature was simply bypassed, which was able to be accomplished in at least 5 different ways. The ability to bypass the feature has since been remedied by Cisco. But I personally am very happy to hear of Fessler’s resignation. Granted he improved many things in regards to the network, but he was given way too much power at the University and did not treat people well.

    And further food for thought… http://digg.com/security/University_VP_of_Information_Services_Uses_Patriot_Act_Against_Students

  18. oh brother

    It seems likely that the emotional posters here and at the Digg site are indeed Fessler. Whoever it is/was, it sure is pathetic he/she had to resort to personal attacks calling Gridley and Quint gay lovers, etc. How ridiculous.

    In fact, if Fessler had just shown some common sense about this ridiculous excuse for a “hack” (how can it be a hack if all you have to do is use an OS different from XP to bypass it?) nothing would have happened and he would still be VP. But no, his paranoia and lack of technical understanding prevented him from using common sense judgement. He supposedly said, “this is the worst case of hacking I’ve seen in my entire career!” What a poser!! I even heard that Maas presented the info to a professor who simply said, “that’s cool, now don’t hack!” Wouldn’t Bryon be happier now if he had done the same thing? After all, it is an educational institution. Everything should be used to help produce better engineers/computer scientists, and better human beings. Everything can be used as a tool for education, even mistakes.

    For what its worth, I’ve known both Gridley and Quint for quite a while. If you will notice, neither took the bait on the slanderous insults. All Gridley did was post the facts about the situation, something that is typically allowed in our society. He could have done much more. His only crime in the whole affair was in receiving an email about the rogue client. It wasn’t even useful to him as he uses a Mac, which CCA doesn’t work with anyway. So he got dragged into this because of receiving an email. Gawd! The university should be ashamed of itself. If you ever receive spam about something illegal, does that mean you committed a crime?

  19. Brandon

    “that’s cool, now don’t hack!”…

    That sounds like a professor I know. Who could it have been?!?

    As for Adrian, it is clear to me that you didn’t have visibility to the behind the scenes tactics that Fessler was capable of. It is true that he has a very professional demeanor and can put together an incredibly persuasive presentation (albeit with very little information in it), and he even managed to get some very impressive things done while he was at the University. Sometimes however, the ends to not justify the means. As an RCC, and one that was probably hired after he was hired, you may not have seen just how things truly were. I was there before and after the transition, and from my perspective (I was not an RCC), there were some things that Fessler didn’t handle appropriately.

  20. pencil shades

    First, I want to warn you about the comment from the “front desk.” When “More Info” worte “I got the info from a student who works in the front office,” I suspect he is lying. I am a worker from UP and there is only one front desk worker here. He, and I, both students, do not know or have access to the previous “e-mail” that Bryon wrote. That is ludacris. Furthermore, there is a flaw in the e-mail to Father Beauchamp. Why would he send the e-mail on July 2 and then in the e-mail, refer to “July 2″ again? He would just write “effective today.” Something makes me skeptical about that e-mail.

    I am in no way trying to defend Bryon, nor am I against him. I ws a freshman last year and had little contact with him and so I can’t say much. But I would like to make readers aware that some of these comments here may be used to spread rumors or be false. And that, to anyone, is unfair. Please keep the content on the page factual or to speculation. Do not make up information.

    Thanks.

    Pencil Shades

  21. riiight

    Oh please! That is the flimsiest attempt to discredit a leak I have ever seen. Everyone writes differently; just because you would write “effective immediately” as opposed to the date doesn’t mean someone else would follow your cliche model. You wouldn’t be wrong to be skeptical, but you have nothing to go on but a gut feeling, so don’t even try to pretend.

    In addition, the “hacking” has been thoroughly documented in several magazines and on the blogs of people who were trying to develop similar bypass methods. “Hacking” is popularly accepted as being the illegal access of a computer system for any purpose, which implies accessing a resource an individual is not authorized to use. No such thing happened according to all public information being presented as fact, which given the sources is probably correct, nor was it even close to happening. If you look around you will see many experts, including people known to present on such topics at Black Hat, supporting the thought that nothing malicious was happening and the actions of the university were overblown. You can even find personal blog entries by CIOs at universities far larger than UP praising the creativity of the students while also stating they ignore such actions on their network. Saying the students were caught “hacking” seems to be an attempt at discrediting them while making the university look in the right. Catch a clue!

  22. pencil shades

    First, a “hack” is simply a new way of doing that which you already did. Ofcourse that is a simple definition, and quite an informal one as well.

    As much as my “cliche” belief may be untrue – as you believe – the fact remains that a student, nor another faculty member, would be able to have access to such an e-mail. If anything you should be directing your excitment towards the gentleman who so made up that letter, trying to give his source credibility by lieing.

    Furthermore, even though the event at UP was overblown, your citation of other authority do not change facts. Just becuase many people believe in something does not make it so. Truthiness is false. Have you seen the Colbert Report?

  23. an engineering student

    I’ll concede that Fessler increased security on campus. However, he traded productivity for security in the process. Cisco was a fiasco. It made the computers incredibly slow. I’ll even concede that under Fessler, certain things were improved in the IT department. However, in the long run, he would not have been a good addition to the campus. Under Fessler, the School of Engineering server, which had been built up gradually over 20 years, was completely dismantled and integrated Engineering into the school network. This integration was a disaster for Engineering as the computers in the labs are incredibly slow. Also, Fessler would have turned the school into a business, or worse-yet, a military style organization. He is a former military officer. The way he handled the Michael Maasse affair makes this crystal clear. Under Bryon Fessler, the Information Services department would have turned into a business. In the long run, it’s better that Fessler left. On that note, I think the University should not appoint another Vice President. Instead, they should go back to the old system. Information services should report to one of the Vice Presidents, preferably Roy Heynderickx, VP for Financial Services, or Br. Donald, the Provost.

  24. Awink

    Awink here from the media. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this whole affair. Things are on the hush hush but justice must be served. Please contact me at scoopsofinformation@gmail.com. Brandon and Dustin, you’re input would be greatly appreciated.

  25. Lil Pi

    People..please… Your rants are ridiculous. The UP network had absolutely no upgrades or advancements in the last 10+ years under the supervision of Mr. Heyndrickx or Br. Donald. UP is a nationally recognized university (thanks to your soccer programs) and should offer students the level of technical services any other top ranked university does. As for the Engineering network, it was a joke. I personally witnessed the mess they called a computer lab. Please tell me from a technical perspective how adding new and faster network equipment could slow down the Engineering servers. The Engineering student above should ask for his tuition back as he sadly missed his engineering education. Additionally to have a server ‘ built up over 20 years’ is equally a joke. Do you realize the technology advancements that have been missed. This is what the Engineering Dept has been teaching…old out dated and useless programming. C++ for crying out loud, get into the right century. And finally, regarding Mr. Fessler…it would take 20 something year old college students to speculate on such a ridiculous idea that he was fired. Mr. Fessler has been receiving job offers for the last 2 years to work for organizations and Universities that are much large and much better funded than UP. I personally knew him, worked with and for him and his integrity is beyond reproach. (You do not know what direction he was given by his superiors) Yes he was an authoritarian and he had the rights and permissions from the University Pres. to do so. The new million dollar network is university property and students have permission to use it for their education. They do not have permission to ‘hack’ (or whatever term you choose) their way around security features. The one thing you all seem to be missing is that Mr. Masse agreed to and acknowledged the universities ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ which forbids exactly what he did. If he was programming a rogue client to get around CCA as a school project, why not come to Mr. Fessler and his professor before hand and inform them of his intent. His secrecy in his actions proves his intent was malicious.

  26. pencil shades

    Lil Pi,

    Immediate Resignation. Even if another job offer was given, how professional is that to leave the very next day? And also, if this was the case, why would the University call it a “confidential reason” in the school newspaper called the beacon. The secrecy of the schools actions proves that Fessler was asked to resign. Also, rather than keep things covered up, the president of the University should gather the courage and take responsilibty. Shame shame shame.

  27. an engineering student

    Clearly this forum is corrupt. People are taking “identities” that aren’t even theirs to just build up credibility. “pencil shade’s” last comment is written by an adult who supervises the beacon, not from a student who goes to UP. I know Kevork and he would never even write his name in a post such as this. People are not being turtheful here and trying to cut corners. Please, everyone, be straight and don’t do that.

  28. Active Recruitment?

    “Mr. Fessler has been receiving job offers for the last 2 years to work for organizations and Universities that are much large and much better funded than UP.”

    So he was being actively recruited away from UP while he was there? Wow. That speaks volumes about his competence.

    So where’d he go? What’s he doing now? Surely it must have made the news somewhere.

  29. Mystic

    i heard that he went on a three week vacation right after he was forced to resign

    dont know if it is true

  30. physics

    he diverted funds to pay for computers to give to a local catholic school that his children were attending and his wife was applying to work at. when confronted, he lied about it.

    c++ is outdated? lol what a fool.

  31. Dustin

    Mr and/or Ms physics

    Do you have any proof for this? How did you get this info? What school? Are these just rumors?

  32. Administrator

    As an administrator at the University of Portland, I can tell you first hand that Bryon Fessler was a “hired gun.” He was recruited to overhaul and stabilize information technology at the University of Portland following a serious accreditation finding by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 2001. It should be known that two vice presidents failed to make substantial improvements in IT in the last ten years, specifically, Brother Donald Stabrowski and Roy Heynderickx. Neither one of them knew anything about IT and how it should be treated at the University. Bryon was initially hired in 2003 as a consultant. Bryon authored the majority of the University’s IT strategic plan. According to the plan…

    University of Portland Information Technology Strategic Plan 2004 – 2009
    http://www.up.edu/showimage/show.aspx?file=3064

    “The Information Technology Strategic Plan is not merely a logical extension of past modernization and planning efforts. Rather, it provides a radical and visionary blueprint for the future. Successful accomplishment of the Plan’s strategic themes and objectives will require major changes in the University’s culture, the ways people carry out their responsibilities, and the supporting information technology infrastructure and systems.”

    Students, faculty, and staff have all speculated as to Bryon’s motives but he stayed the course and did exactly what the president of the university asked him to do, namely, accomplish everything in the plan. In his own words, “he carried out the orders of his superiors as if they were his own”…something he learned to do very well in the military. He had some heavy lifting and he did it with honor and integrity. In less than three years, he transformed information technology throughout the university turning an accreditation finding in 2001 into a commendable in 2006. He championed the investment in information technology and its associated resources as a valuable asset—one that is equally as important as human, financial, and facility resources. He was a change agent and as we all know, anyone who pushes a cultural change is viewed by some as a hero and by others with distain. Change is tough and Bryon pushed the change on a university community in order to ensure a successful accreditation in 2006. The very life of the institution was put on Bryon’s shoulders and he performed magnificently.

    Some of you still resent the administration’s decisions regarding Michael Maass, the AFROTC engineering major who was given a one-year suspension (for more information, please see the Beacon article located at:

    http://media.www.the-beacon.net/media/storage/paper1193/news/2007/04/05/News/Student.Suspended.For.Bypassing.Network.Security-2826021.shtml

    Least you forget, Michael Maass was found responsible for violating the Acceptable Use Policy, the Network Security Policy, disrespect for authority, disrespect for property, disorderly conduct and fraud. Simply put, there is much more to the Michael Maass story than you know. Speculate all you want. The facts are the facts. If the university had waited any longer, Michael Maass would likely have intercepted wireless transmissions, passwords, etc. He was a treat to the entire University community and the administration dealt with him accordingly.

    Bottom line: Bryon has remained silent and will continue to do so out of respect for the privacy of Michael Maass. Bryon left the University to pursue other interests. He gave the University three years of his life, something he promised the President he would do. Speculate all you want as to the motives of his departure but the facts are the facts. He transformed the University of Portland and helped ensure its successful accreditation for another five years. I can only hope that the University finds a suitable replacement for Bryon, someone who is well versed as to what IT can and should do for a University that wants to be the premier Catholic teaching university in the west.

  33. Lil Pi

    Administrator…Thank you for our exceptionally well written and accurate comment. It would be wise and simply courteous to let this subject matter die. Mr. Fessler has moved on and its time the rest of us do as well.

  34. Hmmm

    “In less than three years, he transformed information technology throughout the university turning an accreditation finding in 2001 into a commendable in 2006.”

    “Successful accomplishment of the Plan’s strategic themes and objectives will require major changes in the University’s culture, the ways people carry out their responsibilities, and the supporting information technology infrastructure and systems.”

    All that actually happened in under 3 (or 5 or so) years? Impressive. Many universities can’t even complete a single computer refresh cycle in that amount of time.

    “Recommendation 5: More Effective Use of Technology, a Realistic Plan and Timeline
    The Committee recommends that the University more effectively use information technology throughout the institution and develop a realistic plan and timeline for addressing the physical, technical, support, and training issues surrounding administrative, academic, and instructional computing.
    Standard 5.B Information Resources and Services (Accreditation Handbook, page 69) Information resources and services are sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, and currency to support the institution’s curricular offerings.”

    Sure doesn’t sound like UP’s accreditation was in any kind of serious jeopardy. And it sure doesn’t sound like “the very life of the institution was put on Bryon’s shoulders.”

    “Speculate all you want.”

    Why? So you can too?

    “If the university had waited any longer, Michael Maass would likely have intercepted wireless transmissions, passwords, etc.”

    Gee – that was quick.

    “Mr. Fessler has moved on …”

    Don’t you mean “has been recruited away?”

    “… and its time the rest of us do as well.”

    You can wish in one hand and crap in the other. See which one fills first.

  35. N Doleman

    I don’t know Bryon Fessler and I don’t have any affiliation to UP (I thought Portland was in Maine). After reading this post, it appears that some people did not like the technology rush that Bryon led at UP. It appears, in my opinion, that employees left and some students were disappointed that their technology had changed. Whatever the reason, these are weak arguments to attack the person. You can be angry all you want with a decision that a leader may have made but being angry is not a reason to destroy the person. People (e.g., former employees, current/former students) need to argue the idea/decision and leave out the personal rants (e.g., wish in one hand and crap in the other). Posters that can not rise above their hatred have nothing useful to say, in my opinion.

  36. Double Hmmm

    “Whatever the reason, these are weak arguments to attack the person. You can be angry all you want with a decision that a leader may have made but being angry is not a reason to destroy the person. ”

    Mr. Fessler needs to realize that there is no real personal attack going on here. Comments about his treatment of the Maass incident, treatment of employees, management style, etc. (the topics that kicked all of this off) are not personal attacks. If he perceives them to be and/or cannot separate himself from these aspects of his business/professional life, that’s something he and he alone must deal with.

    “People (e.g., former employees, current/former students) need to argue the idea/decision and leave out the personal rants (e.g., wish in one hand and crap in the other).”

    That’s not a personal rant.

    “Posters that can not rise above their hatred have nothing useful to say, in my opinion.”

    But that is.

  37. Another bird...

    Lets set a few things straight here.

    Bryan was asked to resign, the letter was nothing but formalities. He lead a technological revolution in a system of blind administrators and officers. Neither Donald or Roy have any experience in IT and were handed the jobs when neither of them wanted the responsibility. This was mainly due to the fact Beauchamp takes forever appointing department heads. Another one of the Officers is leaving UP shortly. Beauchamp has NO replacement or interim in mind. How is this good leadership?
    Bryan made a huge deal of several situations which blew out of proportion, putting a huge focus on the UP’s polices. I will not comment on how he treated several students. Or how other students have been treated by administrators or officers. I have worked with Bryan and at that time he was a pleasure to deal with. As he became more involved with “cleaning”, he lost his focus. He did implement several systems that were needed. One of the more interesting was the Sony granted P2P blocker. Though students still get around it. I do not know his influence with private wireless networks being banned on campus due to interference with the campus wide wifi. Other then that, I completly agree that he helped clean up the UP’s network, but there is a HUGE space for growth.

    It will be interesting to see the changes over the next six months. Nothing will be the same.

  38. Oh and FYI

    Oh and FYI, just in case anyone who is thinking of hiring Bryon,
    The UP opted to NOT press criminal charges if he resigned and kept his mouth shut. He is now violating this and I would not be surprised if they opted to now… Hope your liking the hole your digging yourself Bryon.
    Several of these posts are composed by Bryon himself, pretending to be someone else. Think about it for a second. Why would a front dest worker have access to the presidents EMAIL if he sent this “supposed” letter to the president. There are no student workers for the Administrators that have access to ANY of this.
    Let this die.

  39. N Doleman

    There is absolutely no evidence that Bryon Fessler is pretending to be someone else. This is absurd. Additionally, there is absolutely no evidence that “The UP opted to NOT press criminal charges if he resigned and kept his mouth shut.” Again, you can be angry all you want with a decision that a leader may have made but being angry is not a reason to destroy the person. You and other former employees/students need to argue the idea/decision and leave out the personal rants. Stop attacking the person. He certainly has never attacked any of you posters. ‘Nuff said (although knowing your rants and attacks it won’t be…if you have proof, provide it. If not, shut up and move on).

  40. Better Late Than Never

    “The Information Services Division also documented the entire voice, data, and video network and is undertaking a $1.5M network “forklift” upgrade this year, the largest network upgrade in the University’s 105-year history.”

    Clearly this network upgrade was at least 55 years overdue.

  41. Anon

    Honestly, I don’t doubt a few of these posts were written by Bryon Fessler. Particularly Lil Pi and Administrator. Even the writing style is the same.

    As to immediate resignations in the middle of a semester, yes, that is a good sign of someone being forced to resign.

    Now, let’s talk a little bit about Bryon Fessler’s “integrity beyond reproach”. Having experience with Mr. Fessler for an unspecified amount of time, I can tell you for a fact that that statement was beyond ludicrous. Let’s look at a few things:

    1) Mr. Fessler worked at the university of portland as an ROTC instructor
    2) during this time he was hired to consult the school for IT
    3) while consulting, his recommendations included creation of a post on campus directly tailored to himself, one which would ONLY answer to the president of the university (in keeping with other factors to be mentioned later)
    4) he then recommended himself for this post
    5) one problem, he only had 18 years in the air force, and the time required to retire is 20 years. He would have had to leave for a different base if he didn’t get out.
    6) he arranged for his own early RETIREMENT (with full benefits) from the air force so that he could take the job he created for himself at the university of portland while doing his consultation (which was while he was working for the air force).

    Sounds like a shining example of business ethics.

    Furthermore, Bryon Fessler had MASSIVE problems with egomania. He *COULD*NOT*EVER*BEAR*TO*BELIEVE*SOMEONE*KNEW*MORE*THAN*HIM. Not ever. If someone ever showed him up in any way, shape, or form, he carried out personal vendettas against those people, pursuing them FAR more than would ever be necessary. What happened with the student “hacker” (because using your own security system rather than CisCos was a REAL threat to the network) was part and parcel of this debased behavioral pattern…

  42. AFROTC Cadet

    Anon, your posting is full of holes. I suspect you are one of the many disgruntled employees that Bryon had to “fire” in order to transform IT at the University of Portland. First off, you don’t specify when you worked for him or the University (a sure sign that you were fired under less than honorable circumstances). Here are the facts:

    1. Bryon did work as an AFROTC instructor at the University of Portland.
    2. He was asked numerous times to consult with the school on IT. He refused and later, after the University begged him to help, he did so.
    3. The consultation was to lead a team of University officials to create an IT strategic plan…the first of its kind for the University. The committee (not Bryon) concluded that a CIO needed to be hired.
    4. He didn’t recommend himself…how absurd. The University asked him if he would agree to help after he retired from the Air Force (a year later). He turned them down stating that they needed to hire someone right away. Any reliable CIO could have filled the position. The University decided to wait for him to retire.
    5. He had over 20 years of service in the Air Force when he retired (not 18 as you state). I should know, I was one of the cadets assigned to quarterback his retirement ceremony.
    6. He did not arrange anything. He spent over 20 years in the Air Force, turned the University down when they tried to hire him numerous times (he told the cadets this on several occasions). The University needed Bryon and not the other way around.

    I can tell you first hand that in the four years that I spent at UP, Bryon completely transformed IT. So much change is such a little amount of time is disheartening for many…and obviously for you. It’s been almost 2 years since Bryon left UP. Let is rest and move on with your life.