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IT visionary to become Clemson chief information officer

CLEMSON — Successful technology leaders understand changing behaviors and organizational cultures and create solutions to meet those needs. The lightning fast evolution of technology that we live with today is driven predominantly by the changes in individual, group and organizational behaviors, according to information technology (IT) visionary Russell Kaurloto.

Kaurloto will bring his vision, knowledge and more than 35 years of IT experience to Clemson University as its vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO). He was selected as a result of a nationwide search.

Reporting to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, he will oversee Clemson’s Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) division and manage the university’s cyber infrastructure, including hardware and software systems that support teaching and learning, research, outreach and business functions.

With a focus on “people, processes and technology,” Kaurloto has made a career out of creating innovative technology solutions in higher education, government, health care and research.

The new vice president comes to Clemson from Los Angeles, where he was the deputy chief information officer and assistant general manager for the city of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the nation.

In that position, he oversaw IT support for 35,000 employees across 41 departments in 704 buildings and was responsible for all communications, data and voice networks, systems, systems integration, middleware, application support and operations centers, including all 911 communications infrastructure for the Los Angeles Police and Fire departments.

Russell Kaurloto will lead the university’s CCIT division. Kaurloto will lead the university’s CCIT division. Courtesy photo

By Jackie Todd

For The Sentinel-Progress

Jackie Todd works in Media Relations at Clemson University.