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John Gohsman (Washington University in St. Louis)

John Gohsman
Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer

Saint Louis, Missouri

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John Gohsman is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for Washington University in St Louis. The newly created position will oversee Washington University's academic, research and administrative computing services. Gohsman reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and is a member of the University Council.

Prior to this role, Gohsman was the Executive Director for Strategy, Planning and Solutions in Information Technology Services at the University of Michigan. Gohsman reported to the CIO. His portfolio included: strategic planning, enterprise architecture, governance, service strategy, and portfolio planning; customer relationship management; and solutions development for enterprise applications, including administrative and teaching/learning, and infrastructure. Gohsman was the Program Director for the NextGen Michigan Program Office responsible for Michigan's IT Rationalization effort which implemented an industry-leading infrastructure and a shared services model at U-M, while increasing the quality of services and products provided by ITS.

In his previous role at the university as Executive Director of Applications & Information Services, Gohsman led the day-to-day operations of ITS enterprise applications and information systems, including strategic planning, portfolio management, program/project management, major software upgrades, maintenance and enhancements. He represented ITS on the Administrative Domain Advisory Committee and was the primary ITS representative for the Learning and Teaching and Knowledge domains.

Prior to that, Gohsman served as the director of Student Administration, Human Resource Management Systems, and Business Intelligence divisions. He was the Director of the Student Administration division from 2000 and Human Resource Management Systems division from 2001. In 2005, Gohsman served as the Business Intelligence Project Director and co-led the Business Intelligence efforts for campus. In 2008, Gohsman established and led a new Business Intelligence division in MAIS. In July 2010, Gohsman took on responsibility for the campus learning management system, CTools, which is the local implementation of the Sakai open source solution.

Gohsman's career began at the University of Michigan's Information Technology Division where he held various roles in the academic and administrative computing group from 1983 to 1995.

In addition to programming, analysis, and design, Gohsman managed several projects of increasing size and importance across financials, human resources, fundraising, and student systems. He was involved in establishing the Data Administration function at the University. His growing expertise led him to develop the long-term strategy for managing the University's data resources. Gohsman was the chief architect of the strategic data plan for the University's administrative systems from 1991 to its approval in 1995.

To carry out the vision of the strategic data plan, beginning in 1995, Gohsman played a key role in the formation of M-Pathways Project. M-Pathways is an enterprise-wide resource planning system that serves the U-M core business areas. The project involved the restructuring of the University's administrative systems and business processes. He led the University's participation in the design and development of the student administration system with PeopleSoft and six other higher education institutions. He managed the M-Pathways implementation for student administration from 1998 to 2000 and for human resources management systems in 2001.

M-Pathways won the prestigious 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for using computer technology in innovative ways. Founded in 1989, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards program recognizes projects that use advanced technologies to address real problems, affecting real people, in the real world.

From 2001 to 2002, Gohsman served as president of the PeopleSoft's Higher Education User Group. He also served on PeopleSoft's Higher Education User Group as vice president from 2000 to 2001. Gohsman was the initial chair of the Higher Education Product Council from 1998 to 2000 at which time it merged with the Higher Education SIG to become the PeopleSoft Higher Education User Group. Gohsman established and chaired the iStrategy (now part of Blackboard) Customer Advisory Council from 2009-2011.

Gohsman earned a bachelor of science in business data processing in 1983 from Ferris State University.

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