Rob Thompson Named Chief Information Officer and Associate VP for C&IT – [email protected]

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Rob Thompson has been named Wayne State’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Vice President for Computing and Information Technology (C&IT) after serving in the role on an interim basis for the past two years.

Rob Thompson has been named Wayne State’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Vice President for Computing and Information Technology (C&IT).

“During his tenure as Interim CIO, Rob has done an outstanding job guiding the campus through the IT transformations needed to continue remote teaching, learning, and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and managed vaccine and screening officer compliance when we returned to campus,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Kornbluh.

Under Thompson’s leadership, C&IT steadily improved cybersecurity. Key changes include implementing two-factor authentication, strengthening IT security frameworks, and rolling out a four-year computer replacement program for all colleges.

He also helped guide the development and launch of STARS 2.0, a modern student counseling and success platform, and partnered with Midtown Detroit, Inc., to implement outdoor Wi-Fi at venues. culture throughout the city.

Throughout his 25 years at the university, Thompson has been recognized for his collaborative and creative spirit. He brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to his role, with experience in databases, information technology management, data governance, business analytics, software development and data management. infrastructure.

As CIO, Thompson will be responsible for the university’s computing and networking facilities, data center operations, enterprise software applications, learning management environments, research computing. high-performance, voice services, information security and information technology support services.

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