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

Data Security Subcommittee


  • Alicia Hofelich Mohr, CLA
  • Mike Langhus, OIT

The data security subcommittee will define and disambiguate data security and classification levels in order to support the Matrix subgroup’s implementation of a web-based storage selector tool. As a result of these tasks, university policy revisions may be suggested via appropriate channels. The Data Security group can also provide guidance to help the Security Council meet the charge of overseeing the categorization and classification of data, specifically, reviewing and maintaining data classification policies and assist in helping categorize the use ​Cases.


  • Ingrid Nuttall, OIT 
  • Colby Reese, AHC
  • James Wilgenbusch, MSI