The Office of Information Technology at The University of Alabama is designed to help students, faculty and staff accomplish goals through the use of technology.

Our Mission

The Office of Information Technology facilitates research, enhances instruction, and supports administrative operations by providing quality leadership, services, and resources in information technology.

Our Vision

We are a responsive and responsible customer-centric organization that enables and empowers The University of Alabama community to effectively accomplish their goals through the use of technology.

Our Goals

  • Our office ensures the quality of information technology services for all of the University community through expanded resources and infrastructure.
  • We will enhance the research mission of the University through technology innovations and expanded capabilities.
  • We enrich educational experiences through technology to promote student success and faculty excellence.
  • Our office engages with our community beyond The University of Alabama campus and build global initiatives.
  • We will establish an environment that supports the development of the technology organization.

Dr. John McGowan

Dr. John P. McGowan

Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer

Dr. John P. McGowan joined the University of Alabama as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in July 2008. McGowan has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, including serving as CIO for both the University of Texas at San Antonio and Florida International University. He also served as Chief Technology Officer for the University of Southern Mississippi. McGowan has been a consultant to universities and colleges as well as a director of project planning for SCT, a major software company in higher education.

McGowan was selected as one of the world’s Top 10 Leaders in IT by Cisco Corp. in 2003. He served on Cisco’s Enterprise Technical Advisory Board from 2003-2005 and has also been a member of PeopleSoft Corp.’s Technical Advisory Board. He was a member of the project advisory committee of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Human Genome Project.

Prior to moving into information technology, McGowan spent 11 years as a research biochemist in the fields of cancer research and molecular biology. He earned his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of the Pacific.


Organizational Chart

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IT Governance

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Contact Us

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