New CIO to lead Notre Dame's Office of Information Technologies

by Dennis Brown

Gordon D. Wishon, associate vice president and associate vice provost for information technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1994, has been appointed chief information officer (CIO), associate vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame. His appointment is effective
Aug. 1.p. In the newly created CIO position, Wishon will direct the Office of Information Technologies at Notre Dame, which includes a staff of 150 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of some $17 million. Among his first priorities will be the creation of a strategic plan that specifies the role of computing, telecommunications and networking in support of the University’s academic and administration operations and student services.p. “Gordon’s professional experiences are of the first rank and include all facets of information technology in a variety of settings,” said Jeffrey C. Kantor, vice president and associate provost at Notre Dame. “We are pleased that he has accepted the challenge of directing our efforts in an area of long-term strategic importance to the University.”p. Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech, Wishon served for 20 years with the U.S. Air Force in a variety of roles, from flying fighter aircraft to engineering avionics systems for the new generation of fighters. The last nine years of his Air Force career were served predominantly at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he led the engineering of the first large-scale production TCP/IP network in the military, and where he completed his career as the chief information officer.p. At Georgia Tech, Wishon played a key role in preparing the campus to serve as the Olympic Village during the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. As head of the Office of Information Technology, he directs the institute’s technology efforts, which have included the implementation of a mandatory student computer ownership program in 1997, a comprehensive replacement of campus administrative systems, and the establishment of the Southern Crossroads GigaPop, which provides connectivity to the Abilene network for 14 southeastern universities.p. Wishon currently chairs the IT committee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and serves on its executive committee and board of trustees. He also is cochair of Educause’s Systems Security Task Force, a new initiative to help colleges and universities address critical issues of infrastructure protection associated with the use of computer and network resources.p. Wishon earned degrees in computer science from West Virginia University and Wright State University in Ohio.

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