2018 Academic Advising Award Recipient
Principal Academic Advisor, Information Systems
Gary DiLisio has been with Carnegie Mellon University since joining the Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center in September 2009 as an academic advisor. He was promoted to senior academic advisor upon transfer to the Information Systems program and ultimately, to principal academic advisor. Gary is the first ever to hold this position at the university.
Gary believes that the relationship between advisors and students is critical to students' success and is characterized by mutual respect, trust and ongoing communication. He is a firm believer that there is much more to advising than providing sound advice to students regarding their academics. He always welcomes students to discuss any matters of importance to them, whether large or small. His motivation comes from meeting the advising needs of his students and being an empathetic ear to them when they face complicated or trying circumstances.
While advising information systems students is his primary responsibility, Gary also plays an instrumental role in the IS unit. He meets regularly with the faculty regarding student issues, course design, administrative needs and policy questions. Knowing his value as an academic advisor in Dietrich College, Gary was nominated by the vice provost of education to serve on the Dietrich Gen Ed Subcommittee on Advising. Through this committee, Gary helps to identify advising outcomes for all Dietrich College students and is assisting to create a new advising model to support those outcomes.
Gary is grateful for the relationship that he had with his own undergraduate advisor and went into higher education with the hope that he could have that same kind of impact on his students. He received his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in student affairs from Youngstown State University.
In his free time, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and two boys, Owen (4) and Ethan (2). He also enjoys spending time with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta. Gary resides in Youngstown, Ohio, and commutes 80 minutes (one way) every day.