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President recommends new VP for information technology

February 15, 2016

President recommends new VP for information technology

Update: The Board of Regents approved this position at its Feb. 18 meeting.

President Mark Schlissel is recommending the creation of the new position of vice president for information technology and chief information officer for the University of Michigan.

The recommendation will be considered Thursday by the Board of Regents.

In making the recommendation, the president said the ability to harness the power of information is key to the university's future success as a world-class organization dedicated to education, discovery and innovation. He said information strategy, policy and technology are increasingly critical components of the university's overall effectiveness.

"To optimally position the university for the future in this critical domain, I propose a new vice president for information technology and chief information officer. This position will ensure that information strategy is appropriately considered in both short- and long-term decision making and planning for the university," Schlissel said.

The president said the individual who fills the new position would oversee "the creation of an integrated information technology strategy for the entire university, including the health system."

The new vice president will report to the president and serve as a member of the university's executive leadership team. He said a search to fill the position would begin following approval. 

Comments

Rick Stevens
on 2/16/16 at 3:50 pm

UM doesn't need more vice presidents. It needs more people who actually do things.

Hiring one high priced VP just means the budget won't be able to afford the little people needed to keep things running and doing, instead of talking about doing, the work.

University Employee
on 2/16/16 at 4:45 pm

A polite way in indicate that the current CIO is on the way out.

Ashton Jobs
on 2/20/16 at 3:00 pm

Hope President Schlissel does not promote the current CIO to this VP position. During her tenure as CIO, IT projects are always over-budget and never delivered on time. It is time for a new direction.

ITS Veteran
on 2/20/16 at 3:24 pm

This is a good move by President. Having come out of industry, in my 9 and 1/2 years in ITS I've seen administrative staff of CIO office growing rapidly, while we "little people" are having more work piled on us as resources are shifted to CIO office. Waste is rampant from how we purchase thing to outside contactors. There is a "us vs them" culture between ITS and the colleges. So glad this era will end soon. Thank you Dr. Schlissel!

ITS Veteran
on 2/20/16 at 3:26 pm

This is a good move by President. Having come out of industry, in my 9 and 1/2 years in ITS I've seen administrative staff of CIO office growing rapidly, while we "little people" are having more work piled on us as resources are shifted to CIO office. Waste is rampant from how we purchase things to using outside contactors. There is a "us vs them" culture between ITS and the colleges. So glad this era will end soon. Thank you Dr. Schlissel!

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