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.