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USI selects Siders as new Chief Information Officer


Austin Siders has accepted the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Indiana Southern University. The announcement has been made friday july 29 by Steve Bridges, vice president of finance and administration, and will be effective September 1, 2022. Siders will succeed Richard Toeniskoetter, who retired as chief information officer after 10 years of service, and Anastasia ( Stacy) Draper, who served as interim CIO since September 2021.

As USI’s IT director, Siders will lead the information technology department and its work supporting faculty, staff and students at the university. This encompasses administrative and academic IT support; cyber security; local area network (LAN) support structure; hardware and software support for microcomputers; internet support; audio-visual; Blackboard; telecommunications; and various software applications.

“Austin brings both strong technical skills and strong strategic visioning capabilities to USI,” says Bridges. “His wealth of experience aligns with the needs of the University of Southern Indiana today and a future where technology is ever-changing and critical to our mission.”

Siders served the past nine years as Director of Applications and Enterprise Solutions at Austin Peay State University. In his role at Austin Peay, he provided strategic leadership and direction for the implementation and maintenance of enterprise information systems.

Siders has more than 15 years of higher education technology experience since his employment at Austin Peay, including six years as a systems analyst and programmer and 10 months as acting chief technology officer. information (IOC). He was also an adjunct professor, teaching courses in programming, cybersecurity, and information security governance.

Siders holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and information security and a master’s degree in computer science and quantitative methods from Austin Peay.

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