John Gohsman was appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Notre Dame in July 2018.
Gohsman directs a staff of more than 250 and oversees IT infrastructure that supports the entire campus community; the development of enterprise systems that underlie many of the University’s teaching, learning, research, engagement and business activities; and the oversight of a governance structure to plan for future IT service needs.
Before joining Notre Dame, Gohsman was appointed the inaugural vice chancellor and chief information officer for Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in 2013. Gohsman created an IT governance structure to guide the university’s IT investments. He created the university’s first central IT organization to provide and improve core services, including networks and public and private cloud offerings, and he initiated a multi-year effort to modernize its administrative systems and create a business intelligence solution. Gohsman partnered with the largest research computing organization at the university to create the institution’s first research infrastructure organization and services.
Before WUSTL, Gohsman was at the University of Michigan in various IT leadership roles for more than 30 years. As the executive director for strategy, planning and solutions in information technology services, Gohsman was responsible for strategic planning, enterprise architecture, governance, service strategy, customer relationship management and solutions development for enterprise applications. Gohsman served as program director for the NextGen Michigan Program Office where he was responsible for UM’s IT rationalization effort, implementing an industry-leading infrastructure and shared services model at the university while increasing the quality of services and products provided by ITS.
A key player in creating M-Pathways, an enterprise-wide resource planning system that serves UM’s core business areas, Gohsman led the university’s participation in the design and development of the student administration system with PeopleSoft and six other higher education institutions. M-Pathways was awarded the prestigious 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for innovative use of advanced computer technology in solving problems.
Gohsman was the initial chair of the PeopleSoft Higher Education Product Council from 1998 to 2000 and was elected vice president when the council merged with the Higher Education SIG to become the PeopleSoft Higher Education User Group in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, he served as president. Gohsman established the iStrategy (now part of Blackboard) Customer Advisory Council and chaired the council from 2009 to 2011.
Gohsman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business data processing in 1983 from Ferris State University.