After a national search, the Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Daren Hubbard as its new chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology. Hubbard joins Georgia Tech from Wayne State University, where he serves as chief information officer and associate vice president for Computing and Information Technology.
Hubbard will start his new role on September 8 and will report directly to the executive vice president for Administration and Finance.
“We are very pleased that Daren will be joining Georgia Tech during this exciting and pivotal time – especially as we embark upon the Institute’s strategic plan,” said Kelly Fox, executive vice president for Administration and Finance. “His years of experience in information technology and his proven record as a collaborator and change agent will help to bring a superior technology experience to students, faculty, staff, and other constituents.”
Hubbard has worked for Wayne State since 1999 and is responsible for the university’s computing and networking facilities, enterprise software applications, learning management environments, high-performance research computing, information security, and information technology support services.
With more than 20 years in higher education, Hubbard has leadership experience in application development, project management, and mobile technology. He has also served as chair of Merit Network’s board of directors and is an active member of numerous higher education technology advisory groups.
Prior to Wayne State University, Hubbard worked at the University of Michigan, where he helped create programs to facilitate research partnerships between faculty and undergraduate students.
In his new role at Tech, Hubbard will provide vision, leadership, and oversight in the development and implementation of information technology. He will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction of information technology resources, including a governance strategy, as well as supporting information users by determining trends and technologies needed to advance the Institute’s academic and research mission.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be in an environment that is committed to being innovative and data-driven,” Hubbard said. “I look forward to working closely with the Georgia Tech community to develop an inclusive information technology strategy that will further the Institute’s continued commitment to ‘developing leaders who create advanced technology and improve the human condition.’”
Jim McGarrah, who has served as interim vice president for Information Technology since July 2019, will remain at Georgia Tech to help ensure a successful transition.