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New OIT reporting structure promotes alignment

President Roderick J. McDavis has announced that effective today the Office of Information Technology (IT) will become part of the Division of Finance and Administration. McDavis noted that the new reporting structure is consistent with the need identified in the University Environmental Scan to understand and prioritize our overall technology needs for the future.

“The Office of Information Technology has made good progress in IT modernization,” said McDavis.  “We are now ready to accelerate our work on aligning university academic IT needs and its infrastructure needs.  Having IT integrated into Finance and Administration will facilitate strategic planning, create the type of operational efficiencies that will promote quality and affordability, and promote continued efforts to maintain a reliable and secure IT foundation. We must further our work to streamline the prioritization process for IT projects while increasing the transparency of the process.”

IT provides essential services ranging from email to Blackboard for university students, faculty, and staff.  IT also is leading the Rufus Initiative, a multi-faceted project that is replacing several aging, mission-critical IT systems, as well as facilitating ongoing project work to expand network capacity and to support major academic initiatives such as the transition from quarter to semesters.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding indicated that the work on many of these initiatives helped to demonstrate the degree of overlap between the strategic work of IT and Finance and Administration (F&A) and the advantages for the university in integrating IT into F&A.

Golding is familiar with managing a unit that includes facilities, business administration, and information technology.  Information Technology was part of his portfolio during his tenure at Cornell University.

“I know from past experience that having IT in our unit will allow the institution to make smarter decisions faster.  Bringing us together is one of the best means I can think of to strengthen our ability as an institution to serve the academic mission of Ohio University,” Golding said.  “I look forward to working on a daily basis with CIO Bible and his talented staff.”

In addition to creating a new reporting structure, McDavis has asked Golding, along with Executive Vice President and Provost Benoit, and Bible to realign the current IT governance configuration in order to advance the university’s ability to deploy IT resources in support of emerging institutional priorities and critical needs.

The proposed structure will incorporate elements of current IT advisory committees but will be streamlined to facilitate timely decision-making.  Part of the proposed IT governance structure includes a new strategic oversight committee chaired by Benoit and Golding that will include Vice President of Student Affairs Kent Smith, CIO Bible, and representation from deans, faculty, students, and staff.

CIO Bible remains a member of the President’s Executive Staff.