University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nelson named UW CIO Chief of Staff

Don Nelson has been named chief of staff for the Office of Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nelson has been the Director of State Relations for the UW for the past six years.

Bruce Maas, Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, is looking forward to use Don’s experience to work more closely with state government on joint IT initiatives with the State.

“Don brings a strong track record of understanding UW strategic issues as they relate to both our external stakeholders, and our internal stakeholders,” said Maas.  In a variety of positions he has held, he has demonstrated the ability to expertly communicate complex issues, including very technical issues, to a range of audiences.  His experiences position him to support the increasingly foundational role of IT in support of the UW-Madison missions of teaching, learning, service, and research.”

In addition to managing the CIO office, the chief of staff will oversee or contribute to several IT-related projects stemming from the Administrative Excellence initiative. Most notably, Nelson will help launch the Enterprise IT Decision Making effort. This will help the university more efficiently organize, prioritize and plan enterprise campus technology initiatives.

After more than a decade cultivating relationships and representing UW-Madison to our important stakeholders, I am excited to take on this new challenge and extend those efforts,”  said Don Nelson. “Information technology touches all corners of the campus and I appreciate the opportunity to help UW-Madison move our IT infrastructure and services forward.” 

He will begin his new role on September 22. His office will be in the new CIO location on the fifth floor of 445 Henry Mall (former Genetics building).