UI names new chief information officer pending board's OK

CHAMPAIGN — An administrator at Case Western Reserve University has been named the next chief information officer at the University of Illinois.

Mark Henderson, currently the interim vice president and chief information officer for information technology services at Case Western, will assume the new post Aug. 16, pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.

Henderson will succeed Paul Hixson, who has been chief information officer at Illinois for three years. Hixson is retiring this summer.

"I am confident Mark will bring strong leadership to CITES (Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services) and the campus, will foster forward thinking in information technology and will enhance communication across campus," said Ilesanmi Adesida, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, in a news release about the hiring. "I look forward to having him on the leadership team at Illinois."

Henderson has more than 30 years' experience in higher education and the private sector.

"This is a great opportunity to join an institution with a rich history of technological innovation. I am excited to be able to contribute toward the university's goals and objectives," Henderson said.

Henderson has held his interim position at Case Western since July 2013. Under his leadership, Case Western's Information Technology Services Division "embarked on an organizational transformation, abandoning traditional IT organizational models in favor of a 'design, build, run' model, supported by processes that allow agility in serving the needs of the university, according to the UI release.

Prior to his current position, Henderson was associate vice president and chief operating officer at Case Western. He also has held positions at GE Aircraft Engines, the University of Maryland, the University of Cincinnati, Westinghouse and Procter & Gamble Co.

He earned a bachelor of science degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati in business administration with a concentration in information systems.

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99characters wrote on June 07, 2014 at 9:06 am

In the Job Descriptions for the CIO Search...stated clearly "Required qualifications include: an advanced degree"

http://www.provost.illinois.edu/about/positions/CIO/CIO_Job_Description2...

While Mr. Henderson only possessed a Bachelor Degree.

http://www.provost.illinois.edu/about/positions/CIO/HendersonCV.pdf

If so, can all future job applicants ignored any academic requirements on UIUC job posts, especially when we required min. Master Degree on most Management/Academic Professional positions?