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Sean Reynolds Named Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

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January 27, 2011

Following is a message to the Northwestern community

Sean Reynolds, the Chief Information Officer for Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has been named Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Northwestern University, announced Northwestern Provost Dan Linzer and Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Gene Sunshine. Reynolds will join the University this spring.

As CIO at Queen’s, Reynolds has been responsible for information technology strategy and policy leadership and all central IT infrastructure and services. This work included reorganizing information technology services in support of the academic and research missions and implementing new enterprise administrative systems.  It also included partnering with the Library, Learning Strategies Development unit, and the Writing Centre to develop and implement an integrated campus Learning Commons.

“We are delighted that Sean is joining Northwestern as our next information technology leader,” Linzer said. “We look forward to his working with a wide range of University constituents in the ongoing planning and implementation of information technologies that support our core institutional missions.”

Prior to his time at Queen’s, Reynolds spent 15 plus years in progressively more responsible IT roles at the University of Guelph.  His IT career there spanned roles starting as a student consultant on the Help Desk, through providing IT support at the department and a faculty level, and then through increasing management responsibility for a wide range of central IT functions.

Reynolds is a national higher education IT leader in Canada, serving as a founding Board member of the Canadian University Council of CIO’s (CUCCIO), where he is currently serving as Vice-President.  He also serves on several other Canadian national and provincial advisory boards related to research and innovation infrastructure, including Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) and the Canadian Access Federation.  He holds a B.A and M.A. in Economics, both from the University of Guelph.

“We are grateful to the members of the search committee for their diligent work on this search,” Sunshine said. “We thank them for their significant effort on this endeavor. We would also like to thank Patricia Todus for her service as interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer.”

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