Office of the VP for IT

Scott Studham

Staff Directory - Scott Studham

Scott Studham is the vice president and chief information officer (VPCIO) for the University of Minnesota. He leads IT and plans for its long-term future at the University.

Studham has been the CIO at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also served as chief technology officer for the National Center for Computational Sciences which is host to the world's fastest computer.

Studham has a bachelor's degree in chemistry, a master's degree in computer science, and a master's degree in business administration (MBA).

Six times in his career, Studham has been the program manager or architect for one of the world's top ten supercomputers. He won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Supercomputing Conference StorCloud Challenge award for the most innovative use of storage in 2004 and in 2003 was named the Computerworld Honors Laureate, the Smithsonian Institute's award for innovative technologies.

IT Leadership Team

The IT Leadership Team (ITLT) includes the following individuals.

Christopher Ament

Senior Director of Academic Technology

As the Senior Director of Academic Technology, Chris leads a team of IT professionals who leverage technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research at the University.

Chris started his career at the University of Minnesota in 1998 as a software developer and has worked in a variety of roles since then including business analysis, systems administration and project management. His passion for technology and improving the education experience at the University drew him to his current role in academic technology.

Chris holds a bachelors degree in computer science and will complete his MBA in 2014. He also teaches a fully online undergraduate course in technology management for the UMC Information Technology Management online degree program.

Craig Bantz

Associate Chief Information Officer
IT Director, College of Biological Sciences

In addition to his role as an Associate CIO, Craig serves as a member of the College of Biological Sciences’ leadership team, overseeing a number of collegiate administrative areas, including the local IT department.

Craig’s primary focus is on research and learning technologies, with an emphasis on leveraging technology to create and scale authentic undergraduate research experiences. Additionally, his research support initiatives empower faculty, increasing their competitiveness through everything from laboratory equipment and exprementiment design and repair to computational support.

Brad Cohen, Ph.D.

Associate Chief Information Officer
Senior Academic Technology Officer

With a dual appointments as an Associate CIO in IT and as the Senior Academic Technology Officer in the Provost’s office, Brad works to ensure that technologies and IT services are aligned with University needs and the Provost's strategy and priorities for teaching and learning at the University.

He first came to the UMN in 2001 working directly with faculty to integrate technology into their teaching. Then, as an Assistant Director and then Director of the academic technology team, Brad helped to advance a variety of initiatives across the institution before moving to his current role.

Brian Dahlin

Chief Information Security Officer

As the Chief Information Security Officer, Brian and his team work to both document new security standards for UMN and develop a risk-based framework by which the University can more efficiently operate in the changing world of information security.

Brian spent 15 years at Cerner, a healthcare information technology company. His experience in information security, regulatory security requirements, and security framework implementation is utilized to advance our information security program.

Denny Depp

Associate Chief Information Officer
IT Director, College of Law

Dual reporting as IT Director for the College of Law and as an Associate CIO, Denny Depp recently came to the University from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has served as a senior IT researcher and more recently as the enterprise architect. Denny holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science, and an MS in Mathematics.

Patton Fast, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer
Enterprise Architect

As the Chief Technology Officer and Enterprise Architect for the University, Patton is responsible for creating, communicating, and enforcing an enterprise architecture strategy for the University of Minnesota system.

Patton has been associated with the University for 20 years and worked in IT@UMN for 10+ years. He has his PhD in chemistry and masters in Business Administration.

John Grosen

Senior Director, Infrastructure & Production

John leads the managers and staff who provide the University’s basic IT infrastructure including voice and data communications, server and storage platforms, software application platform administration, and data center facilities.

While finishing his MS in Computer Science degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, in 1993, John’s career in higher ed IT began as a Unix system administrator at North Dakota State University where he subsequently held Senior Systems Administrator, Associate Director, and Director of Infrastructure Services positions. In 2006, after relocating the Twin Cities, John became the IT director for the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. In 2012, John joined OIT as Senior Director for Infrastructure & Production.

Bernard Gulachek

Associate Vice-President

As the Associate Vice-President for Information Technology. Bernard, together with the VPCIO and the ITLT, is responsible for aligning, leveraging and managing the University’s information technology system-wide.

Bernard has been at the University since 1986, serving in operational and strategic technology leadership roles and as an adjunct technology professor at St. Katherine University.

Sarah Huot

Executive Liaison

Brittany Lloyd

Associate Chief Information Officer

As Associate CIO, Brittany works to ensure that technologies and IT services are aligned with University needs through the IT governance process.

Brittany has worked at the University for over 10 years, beginning with the Office of the VP for Research, and then moving to IT. Brittany has extensive experience with the University’s enterprise systems, and served as a relationship manager for many of IT’s customers.

Before coming to the University, Brittany was a consultant with a Big 5 consulting firm, working with large research institutions across the country.

Sharon Ramallo

Director for Application Development

As Director for Application Development, Sharon Ramallo leads the University’s central application development and maintenance teams.

Sharon has worked at the University for 10+ years, most recently serving as the Associate CIO for Enterprise Systems. During her time at UMN, she has held many roles within the App Dev function, including Quality Assurance, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) process, Change Management, ERP support for Finance and HRMS, and more.

Renee Rivers

Senior Director, End User Support Services

Larry Storey

IT Service Director

Susan Strubel

Associate Chief Information Officer

As Associate CIO, Susan works to ensure that technologies and IT services are aligned with University needs through the IT governance process. Before coming to the University, Susan worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she implemented their Enterprise Electronic Medical Record.

Over the course of her career, Susan has worked in many different IT leadership roles, including software engineer, director of product development and product management, project manager of enterprise systems. She has a diverse background with IBM, small and startup companies, and the Mayo clinic, with much of her experience in the healthcare industry.

Susan holds a BS in Math and Computer Science and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

Diane Wollner

Senior Director, Business Office

Diane is the Senior Director of the Central IT Business Office and is responsible for finance and administration, budgeting, reporting and analysis, payroll and human resources.

Diane has experience in the private sector having worked at one of the Big Four Audit firms (Deloitte) and a Fortune 500 Company (Ecolab, Inc) before coming to to the University in 1994. She a BS in business, major in accounting and an MBA, with an IT concentration.