CLA's Chief Information Officer Ed Clark left the the College of Liberal Arts on June 10 for a position as Vice President and CIO at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We congratulate him on this new opportunity and thank him for his 17 years serving CLA.
In the interim Gary Oehlert, Associate Dean for Planning, will assume oversight responsibilities for CLA-OIT, and the interim leadership for CLA-OIT will report to him. Dean Parente has asked Gary to explore and implement a thoughtful transition and interim plan for leadership in CLA-OIT. Gary will also lead the development of our permanent CLA-OIT leadership plan.
The college anticipates authorizing a national search for a new CIO/director of CLA-OIT later this year. Placing oversight for CLA-OIT into the portfolio of the Associate Dean for Planning provides important opportunities for alignment given the numerous transitions underway at the University: the impending arrival of President-designate Kaler, the departure of University VP and CIO Steve Cawley, implementation of the recent IT audit requirements, and the planning processes underway in the college, including long-range unit planning, and continued progress towards implementation of the CLA 2015 vision.