Princeton University announced that it has named Daren Hubbard its new chief information officer (CIO) and vice president for information technology. Hubbard will depart the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has served as the vice president of information technology and CIO since 2020.

“I am delighted that Daren will be the University’s next CIO and am enthusiastic about welcoming him to the EVP executive leadership team,” said Princeton Executive Vice President Katie Callow-Wright, to whom Hubbard will report. “Daren is a collaborative administrator and a service-minded leader. He places users at the center of technology solutions and grounds organizational decisions in the context of institutional strategy. He is a curious and innovative thinker who brings great warmth, humility, and humor to his work.”

In his new role, Hubbard will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to identify, develop, and implement Princeton’s information systems, services, and technical infrastructure.

Hubbard joins the Office of Information Technology (OIT), which has a staff of more than 300 people working across six core functions: the information security office, enterprise infrastructure services, software and application services, the service management office, the project and technology consulting office, and operations and planning.

Additionally, the university said Hubbard will be responsible for successfully transitioning OIT to a new organizational structure. Princeton said the new organizational structure will be strategically aligned with other large, operationally focused units such as Facilities, University Services, Campus Life, and Human Resources.

“The OIT organization is a natural partner for the areas in the purview of the EVP, and I believe the new alignment will be a springboard for facilitating digital initiatives across service organizations, leveraging enterprise software for resource planning and protecting the University from cyber threats,” Callow-Wright said.

Prior to joining the Georgia Institute of Technology, Hubbard served as CIO and associate vice president at Wayne State University. He is also an active member of several higher education technology advisory groups.

“I am deeply honored and delighted to support the students, faculty, and staff of the University,” Hubbard said. “I look forward to continuing Princeton’s long history of excellence.”

Hubbard replaces James “Jay” Dominick, who has served in this role since 2012.

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