Ronald Kraemer appointed VP and CIO at Notre Dame

by Jan Botz

Ronald D. Kraemer

Ronald D. Kraemer has been appointed vice president and chief information officer at the University of Notre Dame, effective Aug. 15. Kraemer comes to the University after serving for 14 years at the University of Wisconsin, most recently as chief information officer and vice provost for information technology.

Kraemer will lead all aspects of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology, including a staff of more than 200. He will oversee information technology (IT) infrastructure that supports the entire campus community, development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the University’s business activities, and establishment of a governance structure to plan for future IT needs across campus.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Affleck-Graves said Kraemer is an outstanding choice.

“Ron has successfully led a diverse technology team at a major university and brings extensive experience not only in information technology strategy but also its successful implementation,” Affleck-Graves said. “His expertise in technology trends and his ability to successfully collaborate with University colleagues will be great assets to Notre Dame. We warmly welcome him to Notre Dame and look forward to his strategic vision for IT at the University.”

“It is an extraordinary honor for me to join the University of Notre Dame,” Kraemer said. “I look forward to working with the campus community and the Office of Information Technology to help Notre Dame achieve ever-increasing levels of excellence in teaching and learning, research, campus operations and community service.”

Kraemer has worked in various areas of university technology for more than 20 years. Prior to his current position, he served as deputy chief information officer at Wisconsin, where he directly supervised a variety of services, including those related to the network, Internet, security and users. He also served as chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison.

Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Kraemer was a program manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he worked with the University of Tennessee overseeing information technology operations and research initiatives. This role also included developing and implementing the system used to plan and schedule all airlifts of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the 1990-91 war with Iraq. He also served as associate director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Center at the University of Tennessee and spent several years as a senior systems analyst at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc., in Oak Ridge.

Kraemer earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where his research work focused on geographical information systems.

Kraemer and his wife, Jane, have two children.