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U Minnesota Taps HPC Expert as New CIO

Incoming University of Minnesota CIO Scott Studham
Incoming University of Minnesota CIO Scott Studham

An expert in high performance computing has taken on the job of CIO for the University of Minnesota. Scott Studham, who will also have a vice president title, joins the 69,000-student, five-campus institution after serving for nearly three years as CIO at the University of Tennessee, a four-campus, 49,000-student system. Before that he had served as CIO at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for four years. He'll begin his appointment in February, pending approval by the university's board of regents.

In his new role, Studham will be in charge of both academic and administrative IT for the U Minnesota system.

Studham received his master's degree in business administration from U Tennessee in 2008.

During the course of his career, Studham has served as project manager and chief architect for a top-10 supercomputer six times.

"Scott brings broad experience in enterprise application integration and resource planning in complex organizations and multi-campus environments," said Robert Jones, the university's senior vice president for System Academic Administration. "President [Eric] Kaler and I believe that Scott is a highly capable and visionary leader who will build upon our existing strengths to ensure operational excellence in support of the university's mission in education, research and public engagement benefiting the state and region."

Studham will be replacing Steve Cawley, who left the university in April for a position at the University of Miami. Ann Hill Duin, who has served as interim vice president and CIO since Cawley's departure, will return to her role as associate vice president and associate CIO.

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