Purdue IT Launches Academic IT Support and Distributed Campus Services

Purdue IT: Forward Together

In January 2023, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) was rebranded to Purdue Information Technology (Purdue IT). The name change aligns with a restructuring of IT areas across the Purdue system into one unified organization, known collectively as Purdue IT, providing scalable services that are secure, efficient and reliable.

Purdue Academic IT Support

As announced by Purdue Provost Patrick Wolfe and Chief Financial Officer Chris Ruhl, Gerhard Klimeck, Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lead Purdue Academic IT Support, a large team of experts focused on providing Purdue faculty with enhanced, customized computing services wherever needed. Klimeck will lead the team in the newly created role of deputy chief information officer, reporting to Purdue’s CIO Ian Hyatt. The provost and the chief financial officer will jointly review academic IT support on an annual basis.

To deliver excellence at scale, a user-focused Purdue IT will continue to embed local support for specialized academic IT needs and provide the infrastructure, personalized services, responsive solutions and information security necessary to enhance faculty research and support innovative teaching and learning. Professors Sonia Fahmy, Sunil Prabhakar and Dongyan Xu will initially advise the CIO on areas of infrastructure and networks, data and cybersecurity. Additional faculty advisors will be included soon to represent Purdue’s diverse research needs.

Distributed Campus Services

To further integrate IT resources across the Purdue system, IT services for Purdue Northwest, Purdue Fort Wayne and Purdue Indianapolis are transitioning into the Purdue IT organization as Distributed Campus Services.

As part of this transition, PNW Vice Chancellor of Information Services Timothy Winders joins Purdue IT as assistant vice president for distributed campus services and deputy CIO, reporting directly to Ian Hyatt. Mitch Davidson will report to Winders as the executive director for distributed campus services, Purdue Fort Wayne.

“I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate across the Purdue system to create the best possible service delivery solutions,” Winders said. “The unified Purdue IT will eliminate artificial barriers between units across the system while enhancing the high level of IT services that support student engagement, retention and inclusivity.”

“The addition of Academic IT Support and Distributed Campus Services to our organization is a pivotal step toward expanding the culture of IT from individual segments of excellence to all of Purdue,” Hyatt said.

The transition is underway and will be complete on April 1.

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Last updated: March 27, 2023