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Rob Lowden

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Expert Bio

As vice president for information technology and chief information officer, Rob Lowden sets IU’s comprehensive IT strategy and leads IT services, infrastructure, and research efforts across the university.

In his previous role as the CIO for the IU School of Medicine, Lowden led IT strategy for the largest medical school in the United States. Before this, he served as IU’s associate vice president of enterprise systems, leading the adoption of IU’s course management system; implementing two-factor authentication across IU; and helping conceive the Decision Support Initiative to provide IU leaders with access to timely, accurate data to inform better decision-making.

He has held multiple IT and leadership roles at IU dating back to 1998. In addition, Lowden served as interim executive director of Unizin, a membership-based consortium of large research institutions dedicated to improving learner experiences with digital teaching and learning resources.

Lowden earned a Master of Science in technology and a Bachelor of Science in computer technology, both from Purdue University. He served in the United States Navy in roles including Ceremonial Guard member in Washington D.C., search and rescue swimmer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and communications specialist in the Nimitz Battlegroup in Southeast Asia, ultimately earning an honorable discharge for his service.

Areas of Expertise

Open-source software projects, Kuali, Sakai.

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