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Morris Campus IT Director

From the announcement:

Jim Hall has been named campus Information Technology Director at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He will begin his duties on Monday, July 12. The Director of Information Technology will:

  • Provide IT leadership to the Morris campus and in the broader University community.
  • Serve as a key member of the Morris campus and Univeristy of Minnesota technology leadership team, which formulates and implements local and institutional goals and initiatives.
  • Partner with the academic and administrative leadership across the Morris campus and University-wide to participate in the creation and implementation of strategic goals and IT initiatives.

Jim has been part of the University of Minnesota since 1998. Currently Senior Manager for IT Operations and Infrastructure at the University of Minnesota's Office of Information Technology, Jim works with IT groups from across the University, giving him a deep understanding of the challenges facing colleges, departments, and the campuses. Jim provides leadership in several key areas of technology, supporting enterprise initiatives that reach across the University system.

Additionally, Jim represents the University of Minnesota to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a collective of the Big Ten Universities that regularly meet to discuss technology issues. He currently serves on three subcommittees, exploring issues facing IT operations and infrastructure, storage cloud technology, and research computing.

Outside of the University, Jim is a recognized name in the open source software community. In 1994, he founded the FreeDOS Project, an open source implementation of MS-DOS. As the project coordinator, Jim built an active community of independent developers from across the world. FreeDOS is available as a pre-installed operating system option on certain computer models from HP and Dell.

Jim's appointment comes after a national search and extensive campus interviews. As campus IT Director, he will report to Lowell Rasmussen, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities and the U of M Vice President for Information Technologies and CIO. Jim will support the University's mission through strategic development and implementation of academic, administrative and network technologies.

Jim holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

We are pleased to welcome Jim to the campus community.