St. Cloud State started 2013 with the appointment of Henry May as the new chief information officer (CIO) and Mark Vargas as dean of Learning Resource Services (LRS).
May comes to the University from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, where he has been CIO since 2008. May has 24 years of information technology experience, including service as CIO for Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota’s former State Board of Technical Colleges.
May will develop and implement the strategic plan for St. Cloud State technology. He’ll also lead units within Information Technology Services. The CIO position will, for the first time, consolidate information technology leadership in one office. May will report to President Earl H. Potter III and serve on the President’s Council.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in financial management and business administration from the University of St. Thomas. His master of business administration degree is from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
May was one of four finalists interviewed on campus in early November.
The university also named Mark Vargas dean of Learning Resources Services (LRS) beginning July 1.
Vargas brings 25 years of leadership experience in learning resources to his new position. Since 2002 Vargas has been director of the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Previously he served as director of the Nash Library at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and in archival teaching or administrative duties at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Vargas has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Indiana University Northwest and Master of Arts in history and Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Maryland.
Keith Ewing, who has been interim dean of LRS since July 2012, will continue to lead discussions about strategic positioning of the library to meet changing needs of internal and external constituents until June 30.