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Benjamin Allen, Provost Office, (515) 294-0070
John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137


AMES, Iowa -- Later this month, a search committee will begin the task of finding a chief information officer (CIO) for Iowa State University. College of Business dean Labh Hira will lead a 20-member committee of staff, faculty, administrators and students.

Increasingly common at universities, a CIO oversees information technology services, special projects and new initiatives for the campus community. At Iowa State, that includes units such as Administrative Data Processing, Academic Information Technologies and Telecommunications.

Iowa State's CIO will report to the vice president for academic affairs and provost and be a member of the president's Cabinet. The CIO will work closely with the university's three vice presidents (academic affairs, business and finance, student affairs) to set information technology priorities for the campus community.

A CIO position at Iowa State emerged last year as a recommendation from the budget and planning task force and was reaffirmed earlier this year by the President's Advisory Committee on Budget and Planning. President Gregory Geoffroy concurred with the recommendation.

"Faculty, staff and students increasingly require outstanding services from our information technology units," Geoffroy said. "My expectation is that this leadership position will result in even better and more efficient coordination among our information technology units, some long-term cost savings and increased alignment of our information technology services and infrastructure with the strategic goals of Iowa State."

Iowa State's chief information officer will:
  • Lead the main IT (information technology) units on campus.
  • Assess campus-wide structures, purchases, security and policies in IT and advise the president's cabinet on related strategic planning.
  • Anticipate the effects of future IT on higher education.
  • Enhance the university's resources for high-level computing.
  • Facilitate ongoing development of scholarly work in computationally intensive areas.
The search committee will begin reviewing applicant files after July 15. The goal is to hold campus visits for candidates in September and October, and announce a decision in early November, with the new hire on the job by Jan. 1, 2004.

Nominations and applications (letter of intent and vita) should be sent to: CIO Search Committee Chair, 1550 Beardshear Hall, by July 15. Electronic submissions may be sent to

Search committee members
Joining Hira on the search committee are:
Alicia Carriquiry, Provost Office
Chiu Chan, Department of Architecture
Carl Chang, Department of Computer Science
Floyd Davenport, Extension Communication Services
Fred Gulden, Library
Maury Hope, Administrative Data Processing
Robert Jernigan, Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics
Kathleen Jones, Registrar's Office
Ricky Kendall, Ames Laboratory
John Kingland, Telecommunications
Wolfgang Kliemann, Office of Research and Advanced Studies
Dorothy Lewis, Academic Information Technologies
Chris McCoy, College of Engineering Computer Support Services
Johnny Pickett, Office of Business and Finance
Allan Schmidt, Instructional Technology Center
Arun Somani, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Student members also are being finalized. Ruth Birch, provost office, will provide staff support to the committee.


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