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Search begins for new CIO

Queen’s University has begun the search for a new chief information officer (CIO) and associate vice-principal (Information Technology Services), following the recent departure of Bo Wandschnieder, who accepted the position of CIO at the University of Toronto effective May 1, 2017.

While the search for a replacement is conducted, Jim Cranston, former CIO at Simon Fraser University, has taken on the interim CIO role and will assume his duties in June. A graduate of Queen’s, Mr. Cranston has extensive experience in the IT field, organizational effectiveness, and strategic and business planning, and recently co-authored a CAUBO report Cybersecurity in a University Setting.  

Queen’s has engaged the search firm of Sidky Myron & Associates as recruitment consultants for the CIO search, which has commenced and will continue over the summer months. Vice-Principal (Finance & Administration) Donna Janiec would like to thank the members of the search committee, listed below, for agreeing to assist with the appointment of this key position for Queen’s.  

  • Donna Janiec (Chair), Vice-Principal (Finance & Administration)
  • Kathryn Brohman, Associate Professor, Smith School of Business
  • John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Jim Lesslie, Manager - Departmental Development -Information Technology Services
  • Kim Murphy (Secretary), Director, Risk Management and Office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)
  • John Pierce, Acting Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
  • Megan Sheppard, Associate Vice-Principal (Planning & Budgeting)
  • Steve Tanner, Director, Finance and Administration Office of the Dean of Arts & Science
  • Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian
  • Heather Woermke, Associate Vice-Principal (Finance)

If members of the Queen’s community have comments on the current state and future direction of Information Technology Services at Queen’s, please send them to Kim Murphy.