New chief information officer named

Colleagues,

It is my sincere pleasure to announce that Jessie Minton will become our new chief information officer on May 1. She joins us from Oregon Health and Science University, where she has served since 2011.

This is a critical time for information services at the University of Oregon. As we continue to make great progress on our strategic planning efforts, we are looking at structure, business practices, customer support, and many other important aspects of this backbone of our operations. Jessie’s background lends itself perfectly to aggressively continuing this work.

In her role at OHSU, Jessie led the development and implementation of a five-year infrastructure strategy, along with many institution-wide and highly beneficial changes to IT processes and practices, built on a spirit of coordination and collaboration. These included implementation of an encryption and network access control project for nearly 20,000 devices across research, health-care, and educational units, design and implementation of a project management office for IT organization, as well as performance improvement projects that reduced IT operating budgets by $2.1million annually.

Jessie also brings corporate experience, having spent part of her career with Yahoo! and ExpressBill, formerly Emdeon Business Services.

As described in UO’s Strategic Framework, IT is critical to our collective success. This framework continues to guide our IT strategic planning efforts and decisions, and I am thrilled that we will be able to match Jessie’s skill set to the advancement of this initiative.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Interim Chief Information Officer Chris Krabiel, and Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair Adriene Lim, as they have provided exceptional leadership throughout this time of transition. Their contributions are greatly valued and appreciated.

Please join me in welcoming Jessie Minton to the University of Oregon.

Sincerely,

Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President