Ambur named CIO at USD on August 1 Roberta Ambur began her new position as The University of South Dakota's chief information officer (CIO) starting Aug. 1, an offer she accepted this spring.
The university created this new position in December 2000 to coordinate information technology and to interact with CIOs that other regental institutions are putting in place.
The responsibilities of Ambur's position include administration of the units of Computing Services, Internet Services, and the Center for Instructional Design and Delivery. She will chair the University Technology Council, which consists of members of the university community and operates in an advisory capacity. She will also be a member of the Regental CIO Council.
Over the past 20 years Ambur has served as comptroller of Sorenson Broadcasting, a company that operated radio stations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. She held various administrative positions in the utility industry with Midwest Power Systems, Inc. in Sioux City, IA, and South Dakota Network Tele-Communication in Sioux Falls. In 1996 Ambur became chief financial officer at Mount Marty College in Yankton, and was responsible for finance, investments, and various other non-academic departments, including facilities department, bookstore, and child care.
A graduate of USD with a bachelor of science degree in math education in 1975, Ambur received her CPA certificate in 1986 an her MBA with emphasis in management information systems from USD in 1994.
Ambur and her four siblings grew up near Beresford, where her parents still reside. Her siblings all graduated from South Dakota State University. Ambur's interests include bicycling, scuba diving and reading. Her husband, Jim Means, is a trust officer with First Dakota National Bank. Her stepdaughter, Alison Feddes, teaches special education in Bozeman, MT.
Ambur is looking forward to taking part in USD's educational efforts.
"USD is heading in an exciting direction with the introduction of Palm handheld computers for freshmen this fall," she said. "Technology developments have profoundly changed the way we live and the way we learn. For future generations, the PC, software, and the Internet have unleashed forces that are literally available to all people who seek and learn. I am pleased to be part of this and the future of the institution."