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Lev Gonick to Serve as ASU CIO

Arizona State University has named Lev Gonick as the institution's next chief information officer. The longtime education technology leader will replace current CIO Gordon Wishon, who is set to retire at the end of this year.

As head of ASU's University Technology Office (UTO), Gonick will be responsible for technology services and support for more than 72,000 on-campus students, 28,000 online students and 15,000 faculty and staff, according to a university statement. UTO is also the home of ASU's "smart campus" initiative, which is "leveraging Internet of Things technology, big data and analytics to provide students with a 21st-century higher education experience." Gonick, who will also hold the title of professor of practice, will report to Mark Searle, ASU's executive vice president and university provost, and Morgan Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer.

"Under Gordon's exceptional leadership for the past seven years, ASU's technology office has met the challenges of a growing, globally connected university," said Searle in a statement. "Lev's vision, transformational leadership style and track record of innovation will support the university in further realizing the potential of technology to empower the ASU community."

Gonick currently serves as chief executive officer of DigitalC, a nonprofit focused on technology for community impact. He is the co-founder of OneCommunity, an organization formed to drive next-generation broadband in Northeast Ohio. A higher education technology veteran, he was CIO for Case Western Reserve University from 2001 to 2013.

"We are delighted to welcome Lev to ASU," said Olsen. "Throughout his professional career he has demonstrated a commitment to innovation, creativity and collaboration that aligns with the university's efforts to redefine the landscape of public higher education."

"I have long been inspired by vision and mission of ASU," said Gonick. "I have the greatest respect for the senior administration and the many faculty and staff I have met on campus. I am genuinely thrilled to join ASU and help chart the ways in which the professional technology community can contribute to the advancement of this innovative university."

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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