NMSU Appoints Permanent CIO for University System


LAS CRUCES — After a nationwide search, Thomas E. Bunton has been named the new associate vice president and chief information officer of New Mexico State University. Bunton comes to NMSU from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he currently serves as associate vice chancellor and chief information officer. He will take up his new duties in mid-April.

“I am extremely excited about the role NMSU plays in New Mexico and its broad mission of education, research and outreach,” Bunton said. “The campus is perfectly positioned to have a significant positive impact on the state and the region.”

Bunton has over 20 years of experience in information technology and held various leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Purdue University prior to his position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he started as director of technology and infrastructure operations. and within two years he was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer where he is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of information technology initiatives for the university.

Sherry Kollmann, vice-president of digital learning initiatives, chaired the 12-person search committee that began in September with the help of a professional firm, which identified candidates for the committee to consider over the coming months.

“From the beginning, the committee had a clear idea of ​​the type of candidate we needed here at NMSU,” Kollmann said. “Because of this shared vision, the conversations at every stage were productive and meaningful as the entire committee worked towards the same end result.”

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Bunton sees information technology and data becoming more integrated into universities’ missions as they have become among the highly competitive industries.

“Access to community and level of seamless experience will be the strategic differentiator between higher education organizations,” Bunton said. “As technologists and educators, we need to ensure that any barrier to technology, commonly referred to as the digital divide, is not a significant barrier to access or success.”

Bunton earned a doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He earned a Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology as well as a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Pre-Law and Psychology from Purdue University.

“Thomas Bunton is the kind of dynamic leader who can take our information technology business in the NMSU system to a new level,” said NMSU Vice Chancellor Ruth Johnston. “I would like to thank Sherry Kollmann and her committee for their months of work on this research. We are fortunate to be able to recruit such a talented individual to this critical position and look forward to welcoming him to our campus and to the Las Cruces community.

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Bunton says he and his wife Lisa are looking forward to moving to New Mexico.

“The passion and enthusiasm I have witnessed from the campus community, including IT professionals, has been beyond amazing.”

Minerva Baumann writes for New Mexico State University Marketing and Communications and can be reached at 575-646-7566, or by email at [email protected]

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