M. Rehan Khan will be the next chief IT official for the University of Louisville beginning Friday.

M. Rehan Khan | Courtesy of UofL

Khan brings 27 years of experience in information technology roles in higher education, holding positions at Northeastern University, Dartmouth College and others, according to the university’s announcement on Tuesday. He worked for AlmusNet, a technology firm in Massachusetts, immediately before coming to Kentucky, according to his LinkedIn bio.

“Technology plays a key role in pedagogy, research, health care and service,” Khan said in a news release. “I look forward to developing strategies that improve and enhance our services in academics and research.”

Khan’s appointment will still need to be formally approved by UofL’s board of trustees. The board’s committees meet next in mid-March.

“His experience in academic IT is extensive,” UofL Provost Beth Boehm said in the release, “and he brings particular strengths in strategic and practical planning, shared governance and IT, service delivery and the implementation of business intelligence and analytics programs.”

Katherine Stevenson, who has worked at UofL since 2012, had been interim CIO since August. Before that, Jim Fowler held the position.

Fowler took over the role in September 2016 after the former CIO Priscilla Hancock retired after spending nearly a year on paid leave while being investigated by the FBI for potential misuse of federal grant money. Ultimately, no charges were filed.

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Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy.Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern.Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies.Email Olivia at [email protected]