March 17, 2009
KNOXVILLE -- Scott Studham has been named Chief Information Officer for
the University of Tennessee, effective immediately, Executive Vice
President David Millhorn announced.
Studham has been the CIO at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the past
four years. He also served as chief technology officer for the Center
for Computational Sciences at ORNL, associate director for advanced
computing at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and information
technology project manager for IBM at the National Weather Service.
In March 2008, Jesse Poore was named UT Vice President for Information
Technology and CIO in a limited short-term appointment. Poore's main
responsibility was to start the reorganization of the University's IT
structure that has included consolidation for better efficiency and
For ORNL, Studham led an IT turnaround project that has just finished
after achieving a set of goals for modernizing the application
environment. At UT, Studham will be tasked with continuing the
University's IT reorganization and with beginning planning for the
longer-term future of IT.
Millhorn thanked Poore for his efforts over the last year and said
Studham will fill a critical need at the University.
"Jesse has done a wonderful job getting the reorganization up and
running, and he has done so well ahead of schedule expectations,"
Millhorn said. "Efficient and secure IT is crucial to an institution as
large as UT, and it is vital to continue to have someone of Scott's
caliber leading what Jesse has started."
Studham earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Washington State
University and recently completed the Executive MBA program at UT
Six times in his career, Studham has been the program manager or
architect for one of the world's top ten supercomputers. He won the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Supercomputing
Conference StorCloud Challenge award for the most innovative use of
storage in 2004 and was named in 2003 a Computer World Honors Laureate,
the Smithsonian Institute's award for innovative technologies.
Poore returns to his previous post as professor of electrical
engineering and computer science at UT Knoxville and as director of the
UT-ORNL Science Alliance.
Poore said he has called on Studham often during the last year for
advice on various technologies and trends for the future.
"While the university environment is very different from that of a
national lab, I am confident that Scott will be very sensitive to the
differences and learn quickly. I am delighted to hand this critical
function over to Scott," Poore said. "I also appreciate the opportunity
I have enjoyed to serve the University in a special way."
Studham said he looks forward to the challenges offered by the UT System
and its campuses and institutes.
"The University accommodates much more variation than is possible in a
national lab. That should be very refreshing and inviting of greater
exploration. The students drive the technology at a university, and the
leading-edge technology in the new Haslam Business Building is clear
evidence that the faculty listen," Studham said.
Gina Stafford, (865) 974-0741, firstname.lastname@example.org