Jim Pulliam named chief information officer at Bemidji State University

Chief information security officer at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities begins duties at BSU on May 1

Jim Pulliam, currently chief information security officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, has been named chief information officer at Bemidji State University.

Pulliam has been with the chancellor’s office since Sept. 2011, working with the system’s 37 colleges and universities to provide information security leadership. He also managed the office’s information security team and oversaw policy development, risk management, computer forensics, information architecture, business continuity planning and disaster recovery. 

Prior to joining the chancellor’s office, Pulliam was chief information and security officer at Salt Lake Community College for eight years, managing a 92-person staff across 14 campuses. 

He also spent one year as chief information officer at the University of Texas at El Paso.

He also has held information technology leadership roles in the aerospace industry and in state and local government. He served as executive director for information technology for the city of El Paso, Texas; director of information technology for the city of Medford, Ore.; and was director of information technology for Berrien County in St. Joseph, Mich.

Pulliam has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in information assurance from Regis University in Denver, Colo.

“We are at an exciting time in technology where applications and systems are moving to the cloud, and remote opportunities are endless,” Pulliam said. “Additionally, faculty, staff and students are interested in bring-your-own-device technologies, which opens up communication and enables many opportunities to enhance the educational experience on campus.

“I am committed to our students, and will work to use technology to enhance their academic success. I also understand the needs of faculty and their technological requirements to deliver world-class content in the classroom. I am looking forward to providing the technology Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College need to work more efficiently and effectively.”

Pulliam’s duties as CIO begin May 1.

About Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.

For further information about the University, visit http://www.bemidjistate.edu.

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