Experts & Communities

University Storage Council

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The University Storage Council is a cross-functional group dedicated to sharing storage solutions successfully with the University community

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About the University Storage Council

The goal of the University Storage Council is to improve alignment and collaboration between storage service providers and the user community. The collaborative efforts of the University Storage Council will enhance the user experience and provide a coordinated approach to storage at the University of Minnesota.

The University Storage Council reports to the Use Case Categorization Committee (UCCS) and has broad membership across the University system, including collegiate and system campus representatives, the Academic Health Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Information Technology, the University Libraries, and more. According to the USSC, without any action, storage needs would more than double in the next three years. The University of Minnesota currently stores more than 45 petabytes of data across multiple locations, platforms, and technologies.


Joshua BallerThomas Kell
Carla BatesMichael Langhus, Council Co-Chair
Jeremy BickfordEllie Lijewski
Timothy BilesJim MacDonald
Evan BolligDan McDonald
Graham CandlerKaren Monsen
Fred DullesMunir Nassar
John GarbeCharles Nguyen
Greg GrunwaldJon Nichols
Alicia Hofelich MohrFarid Shallal
Lisa Johnston, Council Co-ChairJames Wilgenbusch

Storage Champions Subcommittee


  • Joshua Baller, MSI
  • Carla Bates, CLA

The Storage Champion program will create a network of individuals who are experts on the diverse storage options available at the University of Minnesota. Champions will serve as points of contact for their community (unit, department, institute, college, etc.). They will access a central knowledge base on storage best practices, they will attend trainings on what is available at the University, and they will communicate with other Champions on storage challenges as they arise.

Storage Matrix Subcommittee


  • Alicia Hofelich Mohr, CLA
  • Ellie Lijewski, OIT


  • Kemal Badur, OIT 
  • Colby Reese, AHC
  • James Wilgenbusch, MSI