Chief Information Officer
Dr. Damian Clarke is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Computer Science Faculty at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University (AAMU). As CIO, he oversees the management of the university's network and communications infrastructure, Enterprise Resource Planning system (BANNER), Academic Information Technology, and other Information Technology (IT) services that support all levels of research, learning, and teaching. Dr. Clarke serves as the Chair of the Alabama Higher Education CIO (HE-CIO) Council. The HE-CIO council's purpose is to create synergy among Alabama’s universities and research centers, in partnership with state offices by collectively promoting improved service delivery and economic advantages. Dr. Clarke is a founding member of the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC), a transformational partnership to advance cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities on HBCU, HSI, TCU, and MSI campuses, with data, research computing, teaching, collaboration, and capacity-building connections among institutions. MS-CC goal is to learn and grow as a consortium, dedicated to lifting all participating institutions in advancing research and education across diverse fields, disciplines, and communities as full contributors in the global research and education community. Before becoming CIO at AAMU, Damian was the CIO and Computer Science faculty at South Carolina State University (SCSU). Dr. Clarke was the original PI for a two year $500K NSF grant, "CC* Networking Infrastructure: Bulldog Connectivity and Research." SCSU was the first of two HBCUs to receive the CC* Networking Infrastructure award.