CLEMSON – Clemson University has named Brian D. Voss of Naples, Florida, interim chief information officer (CIO). He succeeds Jim Bottum, who will serve as a research professor and director of Clemson’s Center of Excellence for Next Generation Computing and Creativity.

Brian Voss

Brian Voss

Voss, a consultant with Brian D. Voss and Associates, has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, both in higher education and the private sector. He will begin work leading Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) Aug. 1.

“I’m pleased to be joining Clemson in this exciting role,” Voss said. “Clemson has a strong reputation in the broader higher education IT community, and I’m excited to be a part of such an outstanding university.

“During my time here, I hope to maintain and build upon the excellence that has been created by the leadership and staff of CCIT, and to provide whatever assistance I can to advance Clemson’s efforts to recruit the best possible permanent CIO to serve the institution in the long run,” he said.

In addition to serving as an independent consultant providing a variety of services to higher education, he has worked at several universities and corporations in his career.

He spent three years as the vice president for information technology and CIO at the University of Maryland. There, he was responsible for IT strategy, infrastructure and services and leading the campus central IT organization.

Voss also has worked at Louisiana State University, Indiana University, Mead Data Central and Westinghouse Electric. He has served on the board of directors for EDUCAUSE and the Kuali Foundation.

During his 10-year tenure as vice provost and CIO, Bottum implemented Clemson’s first high-performance computing and large data capabilities to support faculty research. He led an infrastructure transformation that saw Clemson’s network capacity increase from 100 megabytes per second to 100 gigabytes per second, currently the fastest available research and education network capacity in the nation.

Bottum also brought in more than $16 million in external research support as principal investigator to help advance evolution of the infrastructure, and has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $44 million in federal research awards during his career.

Bottum will also continue to serve as an Internet2 Presidential Fellow focused on engaging the international research community on behalf of Internet2’s membership, and as an expert adviser to the National Science Foundation’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

A search for a permanent chief information officer is under way.