Following national research that began in late 2020, the university has appointed Bhavani Koneru as the next chief information officer. She will join the campus community on Monday, October 18.
Currently Associate Vice President for ITS and Chief Information Officer at Ferris State University, Koneru will lead the organization and staff of the University Technology Services Office and be responsible for planning and delivering the technology deployment of the University. information at the university level.
A 13-member research committee chaired by the associate vice-president for finance and administration Tom LeMarbe reviewed the qualifications and experience of over 30 applicants and narrowed the search down to an area of ââfour highly qualified finalists. Chief of Staff Joshua Merchant chose to offer the job to Koneru.
âThe research committee and I were impressed with Bhavani’s vast experience in higher education, his bold ideas for advancing information technology in an institution the size of Oakland, as well as his solid understanding of the need to balance centralized and decentralized services, âsaid Chief of Staff Joshua Merchant.
âWhile welcoming Bhavani to the OU community, I also want to thank the research committee, our research consultants and, in particular, Acting CIO Lori Tirpak for the exceptional work she has done. to maintain the high quality of UTS work and keep our strategic vision for the future of educational technology. “
At Ferris State, Koneru oversees the university’s information technology strategies and computer systems to ensure they support strategic goals; student success, teaching excellence and operational efficiency.
She also leads the IT organization of more than 100 University members, which is responsible for providing a robust and secure IT environment, reliable infrastructure and viable business applications.
“The strategic vision of Reimagining OU shared by President Pescovitz and the view of the university leadership on technology as a building block to realize this vision strongly attracted me to Oakland University,” said Koneru said.
âI intend to simplify, support, innovate and drive digital transformation with a focus on the top IT priorities in higher education: information security, privacy, learning student-centered and sustainable funding â.