Ronald R. Hutchins joined the University of Virginia in August of 2015 to serve as the vice president for information technology. His focus is on creating university-wide strategies in IT for teaching, learning, research, and administrative technologies while honoring the University’s deep culture and tradition. He partners with faculty, administrators, and research units to explore a vision of a ‘data enabled university’. In his first year at UVA, he has identified numerous areas that target equipping UVA for reaching goals identified in the University’s 2013 Cornerstone Plan. Data analytics, research computing quality, and affordable storage are all foundational components that will enable UVA to attract the best and brightest faculty. His current portfolio of projects includes the Sciences, Humanities & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI), the Advanced Research Computing Services (ARCS), the Computation and Data Resource Exchange (CADRE), and work in the digital humanities.
Before joining UVA, Hutchins was the associate vice provost for research and technology and the chief technology officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia where he implemented the campus IP-based computer network in 1991, demonstrating early leadership in higher education networking. He has held leadership roles in regional and national networking organizations including the Southern Crossroads (SoX), the Quilt (a consortium of regional network providers), and Internet2. More recently, he envisioned and built support for a new facility located in Midtown Atlanta, bringing together research, economic development, and environmental planning in support of scientific work that depends upon modeling, simulation, and analytics in the creation of new knowledge.
Hutchins received a B.S in mathematics and computer science from Georgia Southern College. He attained both his MS degree in information and computer science and his Ph.D. in computer networks from the Georgia Institute of Technology.