Gordon Wishon

Arizona State University

Gordon Wishon

Arizona State University

Biography

Chief Information Officer

Gordon Wishon is Chief Information Officer at Arizona State University, providing leadership for the University Technology Office, responsible for providing technology services and support to ASU’s more than 76,000 students and 10,000 faculty, staff, and researchers. Gordon previously served as CIO at the University of Notre Dame and at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Gordon is also a retired USAF officer, serving 20 years with the US Air Force in a variety of roles, from flying fighter aircraft to engineering avionics systems for a new generation of fighter aircraft. The last nine years of his Air Force career were served predominantly at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he led the engineering of the first large scale production TCP/IP network in the military, and where he completed his career as the Chief Information Officer. At Georgia Tech, Gordon played a key role in preparing the campus to serve as the home of the Olympic Village during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and led the implementation of a mandatory student computer ownership program in 1997, as well as guiding the successful implementation of Georgia Tech’s first ERP platform.

Gordon was the founding chair of the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s (SURA) CIO Council, and served on its Board of Trustees Executive Committee. He also served as a founding member of the Southern Crossroads GigaPop and chaired its Board of Directors, helping to establish the Southeast’s largest aggregation point for participants in Internet 2 and other advanced networking activities. At Notre Dame, he led a comprehensive campus technology upgrade and was co-PI on a joint Notre Dame/Purdue grant program to establish the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid. He also chaired the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Valley Metronet, a Northern Indiana regional economic development initiative. Gordon co-founded and chaired the EDUCAUSE/Internet 2 Security Task Force and served as a faculty member for the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and, more recently, on the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable. Gordon currently serves on the Arizona Data Governance Commission, chairs the Board of Directors of the Sun Corridor Network, serves on customer advisory boards for Oracle, Sprint, and others, and is PI or co-PI on several federally funded grant programs.

In 2004 he was selected as one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, and was awarded CIO magazine’s CIO100 award for innovation in information technology in 2005 and again in 2008. In 2013, Gordon was selected as one of Information Week magazine’s Top Five CIOs, and ASU was recognized as among Information Week’s Top 100 Innovative Users of Information Technology, and in 2014 he received the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award, EDUCAUSE’s highest award. In 2015 ASU was selected by US News & World Report as the nation’s most innovative university and IDG (publisher of Computerworld and CIO magazines) selected ASU’s partnership with Starbucks to receive their Digital Edge award as one of the nation’s top 25 most innovative technology projects. A frequent speaker, planner, and participant in national and regional technology industry activities, Gordon also advises and consults for numerous universities and industry research groups. Gordon holds bachelor and master’s degrees in computer science from West Virginia University and Wright State University in Ohio, respectively.

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