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UW-Madison CIO, Ron Kraemer headed to Notre Dame

Ron Kraemer
MADISON - UW-Madison Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Ron Kraemer has accepted a position as vice president and CIO at the University of Notre Dame, effective Aug. 15.

Kraemer served 14 years at the University of Wisconsin, most recently as chief information officer and vice provost for information technology.

Kraemer will lead all aspects of Notre Dame's Office of Information Technology, including a staff of more than 200. He will oversee information technology (IT) infrastructure that supports the entire campus community, development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the University's business activities, and establishment of a governance structure to plan for future IT needs across campus.

Notre Dame's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Affleck-Graves said Kraemer is an outstanding choice.

“Ron has successfully led a diverse technology team at a major university and brings extensive experience not only in information technology strategy, but also its successful implementation,” Affleck-Graves said. “His expertise in technology trends and his ability to successfully collaborate with University colleagues will be great assets to Notre Dame. We warmly welcome him to Notre Dame and look forward to his strategic vision for IT at the University.”
“It is an extraordinary honor for me to join the University of Notre Dame,” Kraemer said. “I look forward to working with the campus community and the Office of Information Technology to help Notre Dame achieve ever-increasing levels of excellence in teaching and learning, research, campus operations and community service.”

Kraemer came to the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at the UW-Madison as an associate director in 2005. He became CIO at Madison in 2007. Kraemer was UW-Madison's second CIO, a position that was created to bring greater strategic direction and coordination to the university's largest technology needs.

"We are deeply appreciative of Ron's contributions," says Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. "We are sad to see him go, but we know that this is a wonderful opportunity for both Ron and his family."

DeLuca says that Kraemer's contributions in information technology strategic planning have been vital, leaving campus in a strong position moving forward. A search for Kraemer's successor will move forward quickly, he adds.

The campus IT Strategic Plan was a two year process involving hundreds of faculty, staff and students from the university. Kraemer has made several enhancements to the tools and services used for teaching and learning at the UW as well. He has also led regional and national network enhancements that have greatly benefited university research efforts.

While at UW-Madison, Kraemer served on national CIO advisory groups for Apple, Cisco, and Dell. He has also been active on several regional and national leadership groups, including the EDUCAUSE Advisory Group on Enterprise Information Systems and Services, the Learn@UW Advisory Board, the board of directors for WiscNet, Wisconsin's statewide education and research network, is secretary-treasurer of the Broadband Optical Research, Education and Sciences Network, and the immediate past president of the Northern Tier Network Consortium.

Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Kraemer was a program manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he worked with the University of Tennessee overseeing information technology operations and research initiatives. This role also included developing and implementing the system used to plan and schedule all airlifts of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the 1990-91 war with Iraq. He also served as associate director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Center at the University of Tennessee and spent several years as a senior systems analyst at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc., in Oak Ridge.

Kraemer earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his master's degree from the University of Tennessee, where his research work focused on geographical information systems.

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