The Division of Information Technology’s mission at Augusta University is to anticipate and respond effectively to a changing world with agile, innovative, robust and secure services that:

  • Educate and inspire students
  • Empower clinicians, educators, researchers and administrators
  • Advance learning, discovery and care

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About the CIO

Michael Casdorph

Dr. Michael Casdorph is a seasoned information technology executive with more than 30 years’ experience, including 23 years dedicated to higher education and more than 12 years in academic healthcare. In his role as vice president for information technology and enterprise chief information officer at Augusta University, Dr. Casdorph, is a servant leader and trusted business partner focused on enabling and empowering a dedicated and diverse team of seasoned IT professionals. He and his team are responsible for creating and sustaining a customer-focused, responsive, efficient, and secure technology ecosystem. They provide solutions to enable innovative teaching and learning, groundbreaking research and scholarship, and data-driven decision making that advances the educational, research, and clinical activities and ambitions of Augusta University, across both the university and health system enterprise, at multiple campuses and locations throughout the state of Georgia.

Dr. Casdorph joined Augusta University in 2009 and has held several progressively responsible leadership positions, including director of instructional support design, director of academic and research technology, associate vice president of academic and research technology, and associate vice president for information technology and deputy chief information officer. In 2018 he served as the interim CIO and in 2019 was officially named vice president of information technology and chief information officer.

Dr. Casdorph earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Marylhurst University, a master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of South Carolina, and a doctoral degree in Education Administration from Georgia Southern.

In the Fall of 2021, Dr. Casdorph was awarded the 2021 Georgia CIO ORBIE award winner for education, government, and the public sector.


Our Goals

The goal of IT is to make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to learn, teach, research, and work. We do this by engaging with the AU and AUHS community to determine their needs and give them the resources and tools they need to help them do their jobs. Our focus is on:

  • Advance teaching and learningthrough innovative and effective technologies, resources, and services.
  • Empower researchthrough innovative and effective technologies, resources, and services.
  • Provide robust, reliable, and trusted administrative systemsthat enable business processes and efficiencies through effective implementation of information technology.
  • Leverage IT risk management and information security practices to protect the confidentiality of our students, patients, faculty, and staff, and to reduce adverse impacts to the University.
  • Provision and operate efficient and effective shared IT infrastructure.
  • Enable IT governanceto foster transparency and optimize IT resources to achieve the University’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities.
 

IT Committees

Employee Advisory Committee

The EAC facilitates communication between IT employees and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). 

IT Governance

Provides strategic leadership, establishes University-wide IT priorities and policies in accordance with the University’s strategic plan, and is accountable to the University.

Leadership

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Doug Blackburn

  • Assistant Vice President
  • IT Customer Experience & COO
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Cathleen Caldwell

  • Assistant Vice President
  • Web & Digital Strategy
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Heather Roszkowski

  • Assistant Vice President
  • Cybersecurity & CISO
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Bryant Tatum

  • Assistant Vice President
  • Enterprise Architecture & CTO
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Ed Townsend

  • Assistant Vice President
  • Enterprise Information Systems
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Nakita Johnson

  • Director
  • IT Operations
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Debra McDaniel

  • Director
  • IT Portfolio & Project Management