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William Sams to step down as Ohio University's CIO

ATHENS, Ohio (July 11, 2006) -- After thoughtful deliberation, William F. Sams has decided to step aside as associate provost for information technology and chief information officer at Ohio University, Provost Kathy Krendl announced today. He will remain in place until a new CIO is named. Until that time, Sams will remain focused on implementing the plan developed to improve all facets of Ohio University's information technology services.

William Sams photo by Rick Fatica"As associate provost, Bill has provided expertise and guidance to enhance and raise the level of technology available to our students, faculty and staff," Krendl said. "He also provided strategic leadership to the information technology department as it worked to contain recently discovered lapses in our computer network system. His efforts have made it possible for us to have a smooth transition in the leadership of our IT functions." 

Appointed as associate provost for information technology and CIO in September 2004, Sams led the efforts to improve the student information system, enhance classroom technology and initiate the Go Mobile program.

"After 25 years in executive positions in Silicon Valley, I understand that organizations go through various stages that require different management skill sets," Sams said. "The IT organization at Ohio University is positioned for a major transition into a 21st century leadership position. However, it has become clear to me that a new energy level and skill set is going to be required in order to allow our IT organization to realize its potential. Consequently, I recommended to the provost and the president that a search for my successor be initiated."

Working with executive search firm Baker-Parker and Associates Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., a national search will be launched for the new chief information officer. Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer William Decatur will chair the search committee.

"Our next CIO will provide vision and leadership to our university's IT functions. This person also will continue to move the university's efforts forward by implementing the best practices standards in the industry. He or she will have an outstanding record of leadership and operational experience and be able to balance strategic planning with effective execution," Krendl said. 

The person in this position, which will carry the official title of chief information officer, will report to Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and will be a member of the university's senior leadership team. University officials expect the new CIO to begin in early October 2006.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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