John Boucher named Interim Chief Information Technology Officer for UA System

Oct. 30, 2020

Interim UA President Pat Pitney has named John Boucher as interim chief information technology officer (CITO) for the University of Alaska. Boucher succeeds current CITO Mark Kondrak who has resigned effective Nov. 1, 2020. Boucher is expected to serve for at least four months while the needs for IT leadership are evaluated based on long-term priorities.

“I asked John Boucher to come to UA as our interim CITO to help build stability in the department, recruit and fill key positions, and increase collaboration across the system in our critical IT functions,”  Pitney said.

Boucher has experience in several IT capacities, most recently as Chief Information Technology Officer for the State of Alaska in the Dept. of Administration where he managed and directed all aspects of IT and oversaw the centralization of IT functions of the executive branch of government. 

He has more than 20 years of experience in the management, production, research, analysis and presentation of Alaskan labor market and economic information in addition to five years of information system project management experience. Deeply familiar with Alaska politics and budget, he previously served as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Alaska Office of Management and Budget, as well as the Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Administration.

Boucher earned a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Notre Dame. Both he and his wife Heidi have deep roots in the Fairbanks community. John was born in Fairbanks in 1959 and lived there until his family moved to Juneau in 1970. Heidi’s family moved to Alaska in 1968 when her father accepted a position as journalism professor at UAF. John and Heidi are both looking forward to returning to Fairbanks and are excited to contribute to the UA system by leading OIT in this new role.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected by Pat to lead OIT and to serve the University of Alaska,” Boucher said. “I have experience leading through organizational changes and I look forward to working with the staff and leadership in OIT, as well as campus leadership and their IT groups, to build trust and ensure a strong IT organization that supports the university’s critical mission in Alaska.”