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Feldner named NDUS Vice Chancellor for IT and Institutional Research

Posted on 5/7/2013

Linda Donlin, Director of Communications and
Media Relations
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

BISMARCK, N.D. - Lisa Feldner, Ph. D., Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Information Technology Department (ITD) for the state of North Dakota, will take one of the top jobs in the North Dakota University System, effective June 3. Feldner's new position is vice chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research, where she will oversee the NDUS System Information Technology Services (SITS) and will take charge of institutional research, one of the most critical components of university system operations. She will succeed Randall Thursby, who has served as NDUS CIO since July 2006 and will retire this summer.

"We are very excited to have Dr. Feldner on board with the extensive depth and breadth of IT concepts, applications and management she brings to this expanded and important role in our system," says Hamid Shirvani, NDUS Chancellor. "We are extremely grateful to Randall for his leadership in and dedication to building the outstanding IT system that we now have in place. With Lisa's knowledge of the system and collaborative relationships she already enjoys with Randall's team, we are confident we will have a smooth transition and will continue to ensure that our IT system is one of the best in the country."

One of Thursby's major initiatives was to create the unified SITS organization employing about 140 people, which consolidated a number of IT services that had been delivered by disparate departments throughout the university system. During this consolidation, he also launched a strategic IT architecture that focused on connected and integrated services that meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Thursby was recently named North Dakota's 2013 IT Champion.

Feldner oversaw technology activities in state and local government, managed a staff of 300 employees and a budget of $82 million. Feldner also held an important leadership role in coordinating major IT initiatives, including the Statewide Technology Access for Government and Education Network (STAGEnet), the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), ConnectND, and the Geographical Information (GIS) Hub.

Feldner holds memberships in the State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC), North Dakota Education Technology Council (EduTech), National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), North Dakota Association of Technology Leaders, North Dakota Longitudinal Data System Committee, Chairman of Criminal Justice Information System Board, and the National Association of State Technology Directors.

Prior to Feldner's appointment as ITD's CIO in April 2006 by Governor John Hoeven, Feldner served as the Technology Director for Bismarck Public Schools, where she managed the budget and staff, including the development, design, and integration of software and hardware systems for more than 13,000 users at 26 campuses.

Feldner has a Ph. D. in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota, a master of science in mathematics education from Minot State University, and bachelor's of science degrees in computer science and business education, also from MiSU.

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