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 Vision

The Office of Information Technology will be a collaborative community of IT professionals that serves The University of Alabama’s students, faculty and staff with innovative and reliable technology resources. 

Our Mission

It is our mission to advance research, teaching, learning and operations at The University of Alabama by providing exceptional technology services and support to students, faculty and staff.

Our Values

  • We are the trusted provider of reliable IT services for the campus community. 
  • We provide outstanding service to our customers.
  • We promote cross team collaboration within our organization and with the broader IT community.
  • We empower our employees to create innovative solutions and accomplish goals that support the organization’s mission.
  • We create an open and honest environment, respecting the knowledge and expertise of OIT team members at all levels of the organization. 
  • We foster an environment of continuous process improvement and we embrace new ideas.
  • We embrace and drive change that benefits our customers.
  • We cultivate a positive, one-team culture.

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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