Benedictine selects John Jeries as new Chief Information Officer

December 22, 2016

John Jeries, Chief Information Officer Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University has chosen John Jeries to lead its technology division.

The new Chief Information Officer (CIO) has more than 26 years of information technology (IT) experience, including 18 years as a CIO. Jeries has demonstrated experience in collaboration, planning, developing and implementing information systems to address and enhance the teaching and learning experience in higher education.

“After a thorough national search, we believe John’s experience and commitment to providing visionary and goal-oriented leadership within the information systems world fits well with the University’s strategic initiatives, which include enhancing our technology systems and processes,” said Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Jeries comes to Benedictine after 10 years as CIO at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., where he expanded staff development and realigned staffing to meet the evolving needs of the university, and developed and applied IT systems and new technologies to streamline processes and accessibility for students and faculty.

He also served as assistant vice president for IT at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. where he successfully overhauled, redesigned and managed the IT infrastructure while maintaining cost, timeliness and quality; and taught computer science courses at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., where he performed several research projects at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army Missile Command facilities at the Redstone Arsenal.

Through classes and workshops, Jeries continues to expand and develop his knowledge in marketing, accounting, project management, organizational leadership and emerging technologies. He is an advisory board member for the computer science program at St. Paul College in Minnesota, a speaker and panelist at various IT professional and community events related to technology and information security, and volunteers for the Dorothy Day Center, Habitat for Humanity and Rotary Club International.

Jeries earned a Master of Science in Computer Science at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) in 1988, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics at Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983. He pursued doctoral studies at Michigan State University and the University of Alabama.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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