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Ohio University Appoints Craig Bantz Chief Information Officer

May 2015 — Craig Bantz has been appointed Ohio University’s Associate Vice President for the Office of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer effective June 22, 2015.

Bantz brings to the university technology, research, academic, and executive level experience in business and higher education, including 13 years at the University of Minnesota.

In his new role, Bantz will work closely with academic, research, and administrative constituents to develop new approaches and tools for pedagogy, learning, and research. He will also focus on streamlining administrative processes and data access, and on creating new knowledge and business opportunities across all Ohio University campuses.

Bantz took on positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Minnesota after joining the information technology office in 2006. He moved into the university’s College of Biological Sciences in 2008, eventually serving as Assistant Dean with responsibility for supervising research, teaching, and learning technology support, facilities management, and capital planning.

Since 2013, Bantz has served as the University of Minnesota’s Associate Chief Information Officer, managing $200 million in annual information technology expenditures and contributions from nearly 1,200 staff, and providing IT solutions to 65,000 students and 25,000 staff and faculty worldwide. Before moving into academia, Bantz ran his own information technology consulting company. Bantz earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s in the management of technology from the University of Minnesota.

Brill Neumann’s Mo Lashendock assisted Ohio University with this search.