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Joe Norris has informed University officials that he will not be able to fulfill the role of chief information officer for personal reasons. He was to begin his duties July 15, reporting to interim provost Jane Martin. The administration is currently deciding on what the next steps will be to fill the position.

A chief technology officer at East Carolina University has been chosen to fill the chief information officer position at West Virginia Universitys Office of the Provost .

Joe Norris will begin work for the University on July 16 at One Waterfront Place. He will be responsible for all WVU technology systems such as information security, online learning experiences, server set-up, maintenance and more.

At East Carolina University, Norris provided leadership to about 185 information technology staff members as a chief technology officer for two years. He also served as director of information technology services for 11 years where he provided technology resources and developed strategic partnerships with corporations such as Dell, IBM and Microsoft to bring in the latest technologies with competitive pricing.

Norris recently received the 2008 Computerworld Magazine Laureate award for innovative use of information technology to benefit society.

The provosts office is excited to bring Mr. Norris to WVU ,said Interim Provost E. Jane Martin.His accomplishments and experience will help us develop information technology strategies, resources and positions for the future.

The WVU search committee that selected Norris includes: Gene Cilento, dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources; Nigel Clark, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Senior Associate Provost Russell Dean, who acted as chair of the search committee; Sue Day-Perroots, dean of extended learning; Alan Martin, director of the office of sponsored programs; Chris Martin, vice president of University relations; Cara Pietrowski, director of the office of information technology support services; Laura Roth, assistant vice president of information technology at Health Sciences Center; Narvel Weese, vice president of administration and finance.

Mr. Norris is a great communicator as evidenced by his concise and analytical answers to questions,Dean said.He has demonstrated strong leadership skills based on his past experiences and also through building a series of relationships with key campus constituent groups.

Norris received his bachelors degree in computer science from East Carolina University in 1984 and is due to complete his masters degree in business administration this month from Walden University in Baltimore.