Madison, Wis. – Ann Stunden, chief information officer and director of the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has announced plans to retire in summer 2006 after six years at the helm of campus technology.
“We have made some phenomenal accomplishments during that time,” Stunden said. “Above all, I think we have strengthened our relationship with partners across campus and built a more collaborative model.”
Stunden, 69, has served as UW-Madison’s first CIO, a position that was added to DoIT director to bring greater strategic direction and coordination to the university’s largest technology needs. Stunden achieved campus-wide support for the 2003 implementation of the “21st Century Network Project,” a major upgrade that enhanced the speed, security and overall capacity of UW-Madison’s online network.
Her tenure has also included remarkable strides in technology access. Stunden says the “My UW” portal, launched in 2003, represents one of the biggest service advances for UW-Madison students and employees. “My UW” provides a tailored, password-protected site that draws together events, announcements, online academic services and Web-based email. UW-Madison is also one of the first campuses to have embraced wireless technology and will have campus-wide wireless access by summer 2006.
Stunden’s tenure at UW-Madison caps more than three decades of work in information technology, which included serving as the director of academic technology services at Cornell University from 1996-2000, as well as leadership posts with Northwestern University and the University of Rochester. Prior to her university work, Stunden worked in IT positions for hospital and health care organizations.
“Technology is always a moving target, and Annie has assembled the best team we’ve ever had in terms of anticipating and responding to the next challenge,” said UW-Madison Interim Provost Virginia Sapiro.”