Appointment of Vice Provost for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 04-16-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

California State University, Chico is pleased to announce that Michael Schilling has accepted the position of vice provost for Information Resources and chief information officer. He begins his new post May 1.

Schilling most recently has served as executive director of Communications and Technology Services at UCLA and senior technology officer, Information Technology Services, at UC Davis Health System.

In a note to campus announcing Schilling’s appointment, Phyllis Fernlund, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, wrote, “The extensive interview and search process affirmed that the excellent record he has in the field of informational technology, including emerging technology and operations, is a solid match for the needs of CSU, Chico. We are confident that Michael will serve us well in meeting the challenges ahead for information technology in higher education.”

Schilling replaces Phyllis Weddington, who has served since December 2011 as interim vice provost for Information Resources. Weddington will return to her position as director of Enterprise Technology Planning and Support. “I want to thank Phyllis for the fine job she has done leading Information Resources during this transitional period,” Fernlund said.

Prior to his current position, Schilling served in several leadership positions, including acting director of procurement, associate director of technology and manager of financial services. During his 25 years at UCLA he managed organizations of more than 160 staff and annual operating/capital budgets of more than $40 million.

As part of the UC Davis Health System technology leadership team, Schilling successfully completed a reorganization of the Technical Services group, implemented an off-site disaster recovery center for the campus and completed detailed technology assessments for more than 100 systems and related applications.

Schilling has a bachelor’s degree in management from the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, and a master’s degree in management from Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.

“I’m looking forward to working with the campus community, and my family and I are excited about moving to Chico,” Schilling said. With respect to serving students’ technology needs, he said, “I believe in supporting a welcoming culture, providing ease of access to IT resources, provisioning enabling technologies and focusing on enabling social connectivity.”

CSU, Chico’s Information Resources provides technologies, resources and services to support learning, research and the business operations of the University. Departments within Information Resources include Meriam Library; student, staff and faculty technology support and instruction in using information and technology; student Web space, campus e-mail and portal access; media services and online course services. 

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