The new vice chancellor and chief information officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is Darrel Huish, who had held a similar post for Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, Arizona, MnSCU’s trustees announced Wednesday.
Huish, 53, also has worked as assistant vice provost for information technology at
Arizona State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State.
Leadership in information technology is “an increasingly important part of higher education’s infrastructure,” Chancellor James H. McCormick said in a statement praising Huish’s experience in that regard.
“I believe his experience and ability to see the big picture in this fast-changing area will be an important advantage for the system in the years ahead,” McCormick said.
When Huish begins his duties on April 5, he will be responsible for a network that serves more than 400,000 students, faculty and others by connecting dozens of smaller networks for the system’s 32 colleges. He is to replace Ken Niemi, who retired earlier this month.