New chief information officer announced for UNH, USNH

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that after an extensive national search we will welcome Bill Poirier as chief information officer for UNH, as well as the University System of New Hampshire, beginning Aug. 26. He was the unanimous choice of the search committee, comprised of representatives from all four USNH institutions, and the USNH Administrative Board. Bill will report directly to me with a dotted line to the USNH chancellor. In this new role, Bill will provide comprehensive leadership for information technology across the university system and enhance the delivery of IT services. IT leaders at Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, the University of New Hampshire and System Office will report to Bill and have a dotted line to their respective presidents.

Bill comes to us from the state of Minnesota, where he served as the acting commissioner and state chief information officer of the Minnesota IT Services Agency. Tasked with identifying the state’s technical direction and rebuilding its IT operations, he guided operations of an agency with 2,300 employees with an annual budget of more than $500 million. Bill also orchestrated development, procurement and project management of the state’s IT infrastructure, business applications and GIS services with support to 87 counties, 300 cities and 200 public higher education campuses.

Prior to his work in Minnesota, Bill served as CIO and chief security officer for Charter Schools USA, where he led research, development, innovation, physical and cybersecurity programs as well as nationwide IT operations, in support of more than 8,000 employees, 84 K-12 schools and more than 70,000 students. He was also general manager and CIO in the Air Force, leading a team that operated and secured the U.S. Air Force’s $6 billion IT enterprise.

Please join me in welcoming Bill.

Best regards,

James W. Dean Jr.