Rhimes Leaves Ohio State for CIO Job at USC

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Ilee Rhimes

Ilee Rhimes, former chief information officer for The Ohio State University, left that position at the end of January to be the vice provost for information technology services and chief information officer at the University of Southern California.

Executive Vice President and Provost Barbara Snyder, in announcing Rhimes resignation, said, "Ilee has taken the Office of the CIO to new heights that will have a positive impact on our entire information technology enterprise and myriad interactions throughout the university for years to come."

At USC, Rhimes will oversee its information technology services, High Performance Computing and Communications Center, and Health Sciences campus. His resignation as CIO at Ohio State was effective January 31.

With the departure of Rhimes, Snyder announced that Susan Metros, currently deputy CIO, will assume the role of interim chief information officer and serve on the President's Cabinet. Additionally, Snyder announced that Michael Veres, also deputy CIO, will become the interim senior deputy CIO until a permanent CIO is found. Their new roles became effective February 1.

Under Rhimes' leadership, Ohio State achieved success in implementing technology solutions in a variety of areas that support and advance the goals and aspirations of the university. These accomplishments include the first universitywide information technology strategic plan (PlanIT), which has become a national model, and the successful implementation of enterprise-wide solutions related to human resources, the general ledger, and the OSU Research Foundation.

"The decision to leave The Ohio State University was difficult," Rhimes said, "because of the professional and personal respect I have for the leadership and members of the institution." His areas of responsibility include the Office of Information Technology, Student Information Systems, Technology Enhanced Learning and Research, and eLearning.

During his career, Rhimes has made numerous presentations on information technology and technology strategic planning at national conferences, including EDUCAUSE and the American Association for Higher Education. He is widely-regarded as a leader in his field, and his talks draw on his deep experience in information technology.