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Vice President for Information Technology

COO, IT Director for Academic and Research Systems

William Roger Poston, II, Ed.D.
Chief Operating Officer, OCIO
IT Director for Academic and Research Systems
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Roger Poston

Dr. Roger Poston has served in an administrative capacity from departmental supervisor, to Assistant Vice President and currently is the Chief Operating Officer and IT Director for Academic and Research Systems in the Office of the CIO at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He has also served on the faculty of four universities, as a tenured associate professor at the University of Louisville and Wake Forest University, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He also serves as the Executive Director for the South Carolina Light Rail and the Associate Program Coordinator and Consortium Leader for the Palmetto State Providers Network.

Dr. Poston has been active in professional organizations serving in various offices from secretary to president in his professional societies.  He has also served as the chair of the management board of his refereed professional journal and a member of the international editorial board of a European journal.  He has been active in graduate, undergraduate, and professional education in both the health sciences and education and continuing education.  In support of the tripartite mission of the university, he has also been active in state and community service and charitable organizations. 

Description of Duties and Responsibilities- IT Director, Academic and Research Information Systems

The Director of Academic and Research Information Systems is an enterprise level function, reporting to the Chief Information Officer.  The Director will lead and oversee the implementation and ongoing support of information systems in support of the educational and research functions of the university.   The Director will be responsible for ensuring that the strategic objectives of the of the OCIO are incorporated with the university’s strategic initiatives.  The Director will participate actively with deans, faculty, students, business managers, department heads and information technology personnel to set strategies, execute tactics, set priorities, and resolve problems.  Tactical responsibilities include the oversight of systems, implementations, and project management, daily operational management and a focus on customer service, staff skills development and fiscal responsibility.  The Director will serve as the IT advocate for Faculty, Students, and the administration of the university.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities- Chief Operating Officer, Office of the CIO

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology,  the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for enhancing the internal organization process and operational infrastructure to insure that the Office of the Chief Information Officer will fulfill its mission.  With a direct reporting staff, the COO will manage the following functions:

Financial Management and Oversight

·   Working with the OCIO Business Manager, manage and oversee all financial, budget, and business planning activities including:

o   Direct and administer all financial planning

o   Oversee the development and monitoring of OCIO’s University and MUHA budgets

o   Oversee business policies and accounting practices

o   Review and analyze financial reports

o   Support and advise the CIO in decision making

o   Lead and support organizational budging processes

o   Approve  all  OCIO purchases of software, hardware, etc.

·   Oversee reporting and monitoring of organization performance metrics

·   Provide overall financial oversight and monitoring to the Information Technology Directors

·   Ensure that all relevant financial data is presented to the CIO and senior management team

Human Resources

Working with the policies and procedures of the Medical University of South Carolina and the Medical University Hospital Authority, manage and oversee the human resource function for the Office of the Chief Information Officer including:

  • With input from senior staff, recruitment, hiring and compensation.
  • Benefits administration and oversight.
  • Training and development
  • Retention strategiesWith the Office of Compliance, regulatory oversight and legal compliance


Managing a direct staff, the COO will insure the:

  • Oversight of legal compliance activities, letters of agreement,  service level agreements, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements.
  • Support the Chief Information Officer in the development and implementation of strategic planning
  •  Oversight of all Business Services, procurement, monitoring and management.
  • Working with the IT Directors and senior management, assist in ensuring the ongoing maintenance and updating of information systems, infrastructure and Application Service Provider products.
  • Organizational reporting and monitoring.
  • Oversee all administrative functions that support and ensure the daily operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer. 
  • Represents the CIO and OCIO in committees, work groups and with senior administration as required.

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