Warren J. Wilson, director of the South Dakota Board of Regents’ Information Systems, has been named to a joint appointment as chief information technology officer for Black Hills State University and executive director of the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN).
Wilson has been employed with the Regents’ Information Systems in Vermillion since 1990 and is the Regents’ representative to the SDLN executive committee. Wilson’s time will be divided between serving as chief information technology officer for Black Hills State University and managing the library network.
“Warren’s extensive experience and knowledge will be beneficial for BHSU,” President Kay Schallenkamp says. “We look forward to working with Warren as he leads the university through ongoing technological changes and enhancements.”
At BHSU, Wilson will replace Arnie Hemmingson, chief information officer, who is retiring this spring. Hemmingson has led the computer and information technology department at BHSU since 1985. Prior to coming to BHSU, Hemmingson served as director of the computer center and instructor at Yankton College. He previously worked at the University of South Dakota. Originally from Kadoka, Hemmingson served in the U.S. Navy as a supervisor for nuclear plant radiological control and nuclear/secondary plant chemistry.
Schallenkamp and Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs, both expressed their appreciation for Hemmingson’s leadership and management throughout his tenure at BHSU.
The Board of Regents operates the state library network on behalf of member libraries across the state. Through its network, SDLN offers rural and school libraries additional resources to supplement a local library’s information needs. As its executive director, Wilson will guide the network in providing information resources to its member libraries. The SDLN has been headquartered on the BHSU campus in Spearfish since 1988.
“We are very fortunate to have someone like Warren Wilson who brings to this position a commitment to improve library services and the technology expertise to lead the state library network forward,” said Robert T. Tad Perry, the Board of Regents’ executive director. Wilson has been recognized by the South Dakota Library Association for his work with the library network, as well as his efforts to support funding needs for libraries across the state. He is a member and past chairman of the South Dakota State Library Board.
Warren holds an Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota, an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa, and a B.S. from Monmouth College. As director of the Regents’ Information Systems, Wilson coordinates computing purchases, network activities, and the statewide technology needs of the Board of Regents and its institutions.
Wilson begins his new duties April 1, 2007.