Timothy Morgan Pearson was born in Webb City, Missouri in 1958.
He graduated from Webb City High School in 1976. In 1977, Pearson was awarded a Reagent’s Scholarship to MSSU. During his time as a student, Pearson worked as the Systems Programmer in the Department of Computer Science. In 1980, Pearson received the Outstanding Student in Computer Science award from MSSU. Prior to graduation in 1981, he began teaching seminars on Transaction Driven Processing under the auspices of Dr. John Cragin, academic head of the Department of Computer Science. Pearson graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 1981 with undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.
From 1981 through 1987, Pearson was a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at MSSU.
Beginning in 1981, Pearson was employed as the Director of Information Technologies for Midwestern Telephone. In 1985, he became CIO for the firm. He served in that capacity for over 20 years until he retired from the firm in 2007. During his time at Midwestern Telephone, Pearson worked with IBM engineers on systems development for the IBM Series/1 minicomputer. During this time, he was published in Computerworld Magazine on the topic of the IBM Series/1 and its operating systems.
In April of 2008, Pearson joined the staff in the Office of Information Services (now Information Technology Services) at Pittsburg State University. He served as the Unix Systems Administrator for three years prior to being named Interim Assistant Director in 2011 and later became an Assistant Director on a permanent basis.
Pearson has also served as a volunteer firefighter for over 35 years. The last 20 of those as the Fire Chief of the Carterville, Missouri Fire Department.
Pearson is currently the Assistant Director for IT Infrastructure and Security at Pittsburg State University. He has just completed the successful design and deployment of an Open Source GroupWare solution for PSU – moving the university from a single Unix server running Sendmail to a set of ten Linux virtual machines running the open source version of Zimbra in a load balanced and survivable configuration. During this time, Pearson has also focused on improving the survivability and robustness of the university’s data-center and IT infrastructure. The data integrity and survivability components of his plan are now largely in place. As a part of this plan, Pearson has overseen an aggressive virtualization initiative. Almost all of the Windows and Linux servers in the data center are now virtualized.
Pearson has also completed a successful trial of desktop virtualization – working with the university’s College of Technology. The pilot project provided virtualized CAD workstations to remotely located students – eliminating the need for them to travel to the university to access these resources in a physical computer lab. Additional desktop virtualization initiatives are planned for the current fiscal / academic year.
Pearson is also spearheading a new initiative at PSU – designed to augment and eventually largely replace desktop virtualization as the venue for student access to specialty applications. The new tech, offered by a firm called Software2, allows students to “install” packaged versions of specialty apps on their own devices but allows the university to retain license control. This technology shifts the “horsepower” to the student’s device and away from the datacenter. The same tech can be used to turn general purpose computer labs into specialty labs and vice versa. It can also greatly reduce the number of VDI images the university must maintain.