Ravi Pendse

The University of Michigan has announced that Ravi Pendse will serve as its new vice president for IT and chief information officer. The Indian American is also currently a professor of computer science and engineering at Brown University. (Brown University photo)

The University of Michigan and its president Mark Schlissel May 17 announced that Ravi Pendse has been named as its next vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

Pendse, whose five-year appointment to the post was unanimously approved by the board of regents, will assume the new post Aug. 1.

"I am incredibly excited, honored and grateful to have the opportunity to represent the outstanding technology professionals across the University of Michigan," the Indian American executive said in a statement.

"Working collaboratively, we will help support and enhance U-M's consummate research, teaching, learning and health-care mission,” he added. “I am committed to ensuring that every person within the U-M family feels connected to our collective purpose to provide user-centric services, outstanding support for teaching and research, and advance the best and appropriate technology."

Pendse will serve as an executive officer of the university and provide university-wide leadership and strategic direction for information technology.

Currently, Pendse is serving as the vice president for information computing and information services and chief information officer at Brown University.

In his current position, he is a member of the president's cabinet and oversees the technology infrastructure throughout Brown's campus, encompassing a combined annual budget of more than $40 million.

Pendse also is a Brown University professor of computer science and engineering.

Over the course of his career — which includes professorships at Wichita State University and Northern Arizona University — he has secured more than $21 million in external research grants, published numerous scholarly articles and received several teaching awards, according to the Michigan press release.

He has extensive experience in technology leadership, enterprise resource planning projects, change management, network design and security, digital classroom design and library systems, it said.

Pendse serves on the higher education advisory group at Microsoft and on the board of High Touch Technologies, a technology solutions company for small and midsize businesses. He also is a Watson Institute Faculty Fellow and serves on the Cisco Global Advisory Committee and Aruba's CIO Advisory Board, his bio noted.

"Dr. Pendse has extensive experience as a successful and collaborative university leader. He understands the complex technological needs of a comprehensive university, having worked in higher education as a researcher, teacher and adviser to students," Schlissel said.

Prior to joining Brown University, Pendse filled several positions at Wichita State University, rising through the ranks from a teaching fellow to a professor and vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern Arizona University.

He has a bachelor of science degree in electronics and communication engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad. He earned a master of science degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Wichita State University.

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