UCCS selects new information technology leader

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu Kimberly Ott, (928) 523-1894, Kimberly.Ott@nau.edu
Harper Johnson
Harper Johnson

COLORADO SPRINGS — Harper Johnson, currently director of enterprise solutions, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, will become the chief information officer and associate vice chancellor for information technology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Johnson was selected following a national search. His appointment was announced by Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor. He will begin at UCCS Jan. 3, 2017.

“Harper Johnson brings to UCCS a quarter century of varied and progressively more responsible information technology experience,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “His experiences in private industry and university environments make him uniquely qualified to lead this important sector of the university.”

Since 2000, Johnson has led various facets of NAU’s information technology in support of students, faculty and staff. As director of enterprise information systems, his position since 2011, his accomplishments included implementation of a new customer relationship management system for integrated planning and advising, replacement of finance and grants software, centralization of administrative and academic support teams and serving as a technical leader for Arizona’s Tri-University research data portal.

“I am excited to join the UCCS community, the IT organization and the CU System,” Johnson said. ” I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to build upon the sound foundation in place; to develop and execute a technology strategy that continues to advance UCCS’s focus on the success of our students, teaching, research and community.”

Before joining NAU, Johnson worked for National Computer Systems, an education software company in Mesa, Arizona. He served in the United States Air Force where he attained the rank of captain and was a KC-135R Stratotanker pilot.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Johnson replaces Jerry Wilson who retired this summer after 31 years of service.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.