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Three finalists for MSU's chief information officer position to visit campus May 29 to June 5

May 21, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Three candidates for the position of chief information officer at Montana State University will visit campus from May 29 to June 5.

MSU's new CIO will provide oversight, management and strategic planning for the university's information technology infrastructure. The CIO will be a member of MSU's senior leadership team and report to MSU President Waded Cruzado and Provost Martha Potvin.

The finalists listed chronologically by their campus visits are:

Sallie Fulsom Wright, assistant vice president for information technology, University of Alabama-Birmingham. Previously, Wright held IT leadership and management positions at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Oklahoma State University, USA Floral Products in Miami, Circuit City, Richmond, Va., Fort James Corp., and other higher education and private sector positions dating back to 1976. She holds a master's in management from Webster University.

Wright will visit MSU May 29 to 30. Her public presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 in the Procrastinator Theater.

Melissa Woo, director, University Information Technology Services, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previously, Woo held IT leadership and management positions at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. She holds a doctorate in biophysics from the University of California - Berkeley.

Woo will visit MSU May 31 to June 1. Her public presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1 in the Procrastinator Theater.

Dewitt Latimer, founder and senior principal of Techwitt LLC, an information technology consulting firm with an emphasis in higher education. Previously, Latimer held IT leadership and management positions at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Kent State University, and Clemson University. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee.

Latimer will visit MSU June 4 to 5. His public presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 in the Procrastinator Theater.

MSU hopes to have a new CIO in place by July 1. Ron Larsen, associate provost, chairs the search committee.

The search was initiated after a 2011 consultant's report recommended MSU have a full-time CIO to guide the university's information technology infrastructure.

Contact: Ron Larsen, ronl@montana.edu, 994-4371