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Forum staff reports, Published May 07 2013

Feldner named ND University System vice chancellor

BISMARCK – Lisa Feldner, chief information officer for the state Information Technology Department, has been named North Dakota University System vice chancellor for information technology and institutional research.

In her new position, which is effective June 3, Feldner will oversee the University System’s information technology services and will be in charge of institutional research.

Feldner succeeds Randall Thursby, who has served as NDUS chief information officer since July 2006. He will retire this summer.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Feldner on board, with the extensive depth and breadth of IT concepts, applications and management she brings to this expanded and important role in our system,” NDUS Chancellor Hamid Shirvani said in a statement. “We are extremely grateful to Randall for his leadership in and dedication to building the outstanding IT system that we now have in place.”

Shirvani expressed confidence there will be a smooth transition that will “continue to ensure that our IT system is one of the best in the country.”

One of Thursby’s major initiatives was to create the unified SITS organization employing about 140 people, a University System release stated. It consolidated IT services that had been delivered by disparate departments throughout the university system.

Thursby was recently named North Dakota’s 2013 IT Champion.

Feldner oversaw technology activities in state and local government, managed a staff of 300 employees and a budget of $82 million, the release stated. She also helped coordinate major IT initiatives, including the Statewide Technology Access for Government and Education Network, the Criminal Justice Information System, ConnectND and the Geographical Information Hub.

Before being appointed as the Information Technology Department’s chief information officer in April 2006 by Gov. John Hoeven, Feldner was the technology director for Bismarck Public Schools.

Feldner has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota, a master of science in mathematics education from Minot State University, and bachelor of science degrees in computer science and business education, also from Minot State.