On July 24, President Jacque Carter announced in an email that Mike Carpenter, our Vice President for Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO), had resigned from his position.
Carpenter worked for Doane University for 12 years, and was the key innovator who put in place our first IT structure and the many platforms.
The reason Carpenter left is due to his interest in exploring different career opportunities in the private sector.
The search to fill Carpenter’s place has begun but after some assessment, the position is changing to Chief Information Officer.
“There was general agreement that the position should report to the President, but whether the role was a VP or CIO did not make a lot of difference,” said Provost & Executive VP for Academic Affairs Paul Savory who is also the committee chair in search of the new CIO.
In an email from the director of human resources Laura Northup, it said that President Carter was able to gather some feedback on the information technology needs now and in the future.
Savory explained that a key priority is looking at what university operations should migrate to the cloud. That is, what should become SaaS (software as a service).
An example of this would be the Kronos system that many students use to clock in their work-study hours. They would switch the Kronos system from a local installation running on a Doane server to a new cloud-based solution.
Along with establishing a new cloud service in the IT department, the CIO position has a list of essential responsibilities.
These responsibilities include:
install enterprise information infrastructure to support both distributed and centralized academic, student services, and business operations to achieve an efficient and cost-effective operation.
Use SaaS (software as a service) and other cloud services
Provide leadership in the Department of Information Technology Services
Oversee the regular assessment of IT data security, risk management, disaster recovery, business continuity, and regulatory compliance to ensure processes are in place.
Currently, the individual who is taking over these responsibilities is Steve Thompson (Business Analyst/Project Manager) serving as the interim leader for the IT office.