Duke names John Board associate chief information officer

John Board, associate professor and associate chair of electrical and computer engineering at Duke, has been appointed associate chief information officer, Duke Chief Information Officer Tracy Futhey announced today.

Board will provide strategic leadership for the university’s information technology environment through the collective resources of the schools, departments and Duke’s information technology units. He will divide his duties between the Pratt School of Engineering and the CIO’s office.

“One of John’s primary responsibilities will be to champion the innovative and appropriate use of information technology and provide leadership in balancing needs and benefits against technical and financial considerations,” Futhey said. “This supports Duke’s commitment to innovation, part of our highest-order goals outlined in Making a Difference, Duke’s strategic plan.”

Board’s new position is a Duke administrative-level appointment apart from the Office of Information Technology (OIT), which Futhey also oversees as vice president for information technology. Board will work closely with OIT and its senior management team and the faculty and technical leadership of Duke’s schools and major units to ensure that IT needs are well understood, Futhey said.

Board earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Duke. His research at Duke has focused on distributed and parallel scientific computing. For the past three years, he has served as chair of Duke’s multidisciplinary Information Technology Advisory Council.