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Search underway for campus chief information officer

December 28, 2017

The search has begun for the next chief information officer/vice provost for information technology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Job responsibilities include providing vision and senior leadership for the development, coordination and use of technology to enable essential innovation in research, learning and public service. The VP-CIO will also lead the university in rethinking its technology strategy with respect to issues including data architecture and storage, distributed computing, security, and IT standards and policies as the university evolves from an application-centric organization to a data-centric organization.

The VP-CIO is responsible for working with the UW–Madison community to develop and implement strategic IT plans and managing key campus IT resources and services.

The VP-CIO will manage the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), the central IT organization for campus. DoIT has an operating budget of about $100 million with more than 600 full-time staff and 200 student staff. The division provides core IT infrastructure services, develops and implements applications (including major administrative applications for both UW–Madison and the UW System) and plays a major role in managing the statewide higher education network.

Michael Lehman was named interim chief information officer in February following the retirement of Bruce Maas.

A 16-member search committee chaired by Maria Cancian, professor of public affairs and social work, is seeking candidates for the position. Other members of the committee include:

• Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau, professor of computer sciences
• Brandon Bernier, director of user services at DoIT
• Jeannine Bos, DoIT enterprise internet services
• Shenita Brokenburr, UW System senior associate vice president for human resources and workforce diversity
• Steve Cramer, vice provost for teaching and learning
• Katrina Forest, professor of bacteriology
• Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim, professor in The Information School
• Sung Kim, professor of operations and information management
• Rob Kohlhepp, computer-aided engineering, College of Engineering
• Philip Masters, student representative, School of Education
• Carrie Nelson, scholarly communication, General Library System
• Joe Salmons, professor in the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic
• Jeanne Skul, DoIT network services
• Stefan Wahe, DoIT Office of Cybersecurity
• Anja Wanner, professor of English
• Adam Whitehorse, associate dean in the School of Pharmacy

The VP-CIO reports to the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, with a dotted line to the vice chancellor for finance and administration.

Applications and nominations should be submitted to Maria Cancian, chair of the search and screen committee, at The assured consideration deadline is February 21, 2018.

See the position vacancy listing