Donald R. Lemma has been appointed associate dean and chief information officer (CIO) for Columbia Business School, effective January 18.
As CIO, Lemma will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of all aspects of technology relating to teaching, faculty, research, students, and administration. Lemma started his career at Merck & Company as a programmer analyst. He moved from there to become the special assistant for technology and office systems (chief technology officer) for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury under Governor Christine Todd Whitman from 1993 to 1995.
Starting in 1995, Lemma held various positions of increasing responsibility in the pharmaceutical and high-tech industries, including stints at the Liposome Company (now Elan), Applied Materials, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, culminating in his appointment as CIO for Schering-Plough. In 2004, Lemma joined Datascope, where he helped transform IT for a fast-growing life science company that was subsequently sold. Lemma then became CIO for Applied Biosystems in 2007, helping to stabilize the company’s IT environment. After the firm was sold, Lemma became the CIO and director of the computing division at Stanford University for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
“Don brings a wealth of experience and expertise from the private, public, and higher education sectors to this new role,” said Dean Glenn Hubbard. “His dynamic leadership style will be a valuable asset to the School’s technological endeavors.”
Lemma received a BS and MPA from Rutgers University and his PhD in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University. He was an adjunct professor of management information systems at Rutgers University Graduate School from 1995 to 1998.