John "Bird" Vilseck has been selected as the University of Nevada, Reno's director of information technology. The position provides administrative oversight and day-to-day management of IT staff, services, facilities and budgets.
Vilseck previously served as the University's manager of network operations and as a network administrator. Prior to joining the University in 2007, Vilseck spent 13 years at West Virginia University as assistant director of network operations and as a data networking specialist.
"With more than 20 years of experience, Vilseck brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the position," President Marc Johnson said. "With him at the helm, we are confident that the University's information technology is in good hands."
Vilseck, who holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from West Virginia University, said he is looking forward to taking on the duties of his new position.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the director of IT for the University," Vilseck said. "It really is a privilege to contribute to the great work we do around here."
Among his goals, Vilseck hopes to help implement new technologies, reduce costs and assist researchers and students in their work. His duties will include overseeing: the Medical School IT unit, PeopleSoft/iNtegrate, network security, application support, network services, critical systems, telephones and end-user services.
Vilseck began his duties on June 1. He replaces Jim McKinney, who vacated the position to take an IT position with the Nevada System of Higher Education.