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R. Scott Studham named vice president, chief information officer at University of Minnesota

January 4, 2012

R. Scott Studham has been named the University of Minnesota’s vice president and chief information officer. He will begin the position February 13, 2012, pending approval by the university’s Board of Regents.

Studham most recently served as the chief information officer at the University of Tennessee, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of the university’s information resources.

As the chief information officer, Studham will be responsible for ensuring the strategic and operational excellence of both academic and administrative information technology for the entire University of Minnesota system. This includes establishing a strong IT platform for evidence-based decision-making, managing systemwide IT projects and services, pursuing standardization through disciplined innovation, and deploying tools to meet the needs of academic programs and administrative operations across the University’s five campuses.

Studham received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in 1997 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee in 2008. An expert in computer-related security issues, Studham has served as project manager and chief architect for a top ten supercomputer six times during the course of his career. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of high-performance computing, and has been called upon to give expert testimony before the U.S. Congress.

“The University of Minnesota has distinguished itself as a national leader in innovative and efficient information technology,” said Studham. “I look forward to joining the university’s Office of Information Technology team and continuing its outstanding work across the system and across the state.

“Scott brings broad experience in enterprise application integration and resource planning in complex organizations and multi-campus environments,” said Robert J. Jones, the university’s senior vice president for System Academic Administration. “President Kaler and I believe that Scott is a highly capable and visionary leader who will build upon our existing strengths to ensure operational excellence in support of the University’s mission in education, research and public engagement benefiting the state and region.”

Studham, who was recommended by a systemwide search committee, replaces Steve Cawley, who left the university in April for a position at the University of Miami. Ann Hill Duin, who has served as interim VP and CIO since April, will return to her role as associate vice president and associate CIO.

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