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January 9, 2014

Message to the University of Maryland Community: VP Brian Voss Announces Retirement

Dear University of Maryland Community:

After two-plus years of exceptional service, Brian Voss, our Vice President for Information Technology, has decided to retire as of March 2014.

We will begin soon a national search for his successor. Because of Brian's innovations in deploying information technology to advance education, research, and service, the University is well-positioned to attract outstanding candidates for this important position of Chief Information Officer.

Brian brought the campus community together to design and implement a new strategic plan for IT. He led the adoption of a new e-learning management system. He forged our partnership with Coursera, launching our engagement with MOOCs. Working with Provost Rankin, he helped create the new Teaching and Learning Transformation Center to enhance our educational mission with high tech and high touch pedagogy. To support our research mission, he oversaw the development of the new Data Center, which will house a supercomputer that will rank among the largest of its kind among U.S. universities. To the benefit of the entire campus, and especially our students, he negotiated new agreements with Microsoft and Adobe to expand access to and reduce the costs of their products.

Brian brought a national presence to his position. During his tenure here, he was elected to the boards of Kuali and EDUCAUSE. The latter is the national association of university CIOs, which he served as the vice chair. He is currently the first EDUCAUSE Presidential Fellow, responsible for assessing strategic trends in IT.

On behalf of the University, I want to thank Brian for his remarkable leadership and thank the dedicated staff of our Division of Information Technology for their outstanding work. Please join me in wishing Brian well when he begins a new chapter in the "Sunshine State."


Wallace D. Loh President, University of Maryland


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