Hi. I am Dr. Rob Rennie, Southern’s CIO. Although I am new to Southern (I arrived mid-July) I have been a CIO for over 30 years (over 20 in higher education). Like all colleges and universities, Southern certainly has its challenges. However, it also has phenomenal potential and some very talented staff.
My goals as CIO are to: ensure IT becomes a value creation engine, make every effort to provision best-of-class technologies and related resources, explore new technologies of promise and implement as appropriate, support innovation on a broad scale, and most importantly-create a first class IT team built on intellectual horsepower that is fully prepared for the challenges of the future.
My immediate focus is on studying the current environment and listening to students, faculty, and staff to gather input for the development of initiatives to move the IT environment forward in as meaningful a way as possible.
If you have any questions, concerns, or want to share your views, please feel free to reach out to me, or anyone in the CIO office, we really need your input.