Author Profile

Russell Battista Jr. | Director of Administrative Computing, Fairfield University

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2013, Russell Battista Jr. has been the Director of Administrative Computing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. In his current role he is responsible for the Banner ERP environment, and spends much of his time on web development, vendor management and data integration, and portfolio/project management.

Prior to his role at Fairfield University, Battista spent five years at Yale University in various Director roles in the areas of Application and Data Integration, Enterprise Architecture, and Enterprise Development Services, where he managed a team of Web Developers working across the Yale Community.

In his role at ESPN, he worked as the broadcaster’s Director of Business Analysis and Application Architecture, and the Director of Enterprise Software Development and Business Analysis.

Throughout his career, he has worked in a number of organizations ranging from startups to mature organizations. He spent a number of years working at GE Capital in their Consumer Credit division in the Technology department. The formal IT experience and training provided by these organizations have provided him with a significant breadth of knowledge that affords him the opportunity and privilege to assist Higher Education institutions achieve academic excellence.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Battista Jr. earned his BA in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in 1983.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
He lives in Connecticut with his wife Sara. The two are very involved with their local church group. Battista Jr has been an active volunteer with community organizations over the years. He was on the board of directors at a local Homeless Shelter and Food Bank, also serving as the Executive Director for a period of time.

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