Harris Search Associates Recruits CISO for the University at Buffalo

February 23, 2023 – Following an extensive national search, Dublin, OH-based executive recruitment firm Harris Search Associates has recruited Joseph Grupp as assistant vice president and chief information security officer at the University at Buffalo (UB).

Mr. Grupp began his career with UBIT in 2011 as a programmer for HUB, later becoming technical coordinator. He joined UB’s dental school in 2017 and helped migrate them from paper-based patient charts to a fully electronic medical system. Mr. Grupp returned to the VPCIO area in 2019 where he has managed both Windows and Linux system administrator teams in addition to a database team for EIS. He was named interim information security officer in August 2022 and now has this role on a permanent basis.

Previously, Mr. Grupp spent 10 years with the United States Air Force. He has an MBA from the University at Buffalo in addition to degrees in computer science and aerospace maintenance from the United State Air Force, and management info systems from Bellevue University.

A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, the University at Buffalo is the largest, most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system and an internationally renowned center for academic excellence.

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The school was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined SUNY in 1962. In 1990, UB was the first public university in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities, joining North America’s other leading research universities. UB enrolls over 30,000 students (approximately two-thirds undergraduate and one-third graduate and professional students) and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional, and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units.

An IIC Partners Member Firm

Harris Search Associates, an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global higher education executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 44 offices in 33 countries worldwide. The firm’s higher education executive search practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine, and healthcare enterprises. Clients include leading universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers, and healthcare organizations driving global innovation and discovery. Founded in 1997, Harris Search Associates was modeled after the first premier management consulting firms, In addition to its Ohio headquarters, the firm has regional offices in San Francisco and Dallas.

Navigating the Insular World of Academic Recruiting
Passionate about higher education, recruiters for the academic sector face a range of challenges than those in other areas are unlikely to see, says Shawn M. Hartman, of Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search. Widespread input from across an institution’s community, lengthier searches, and state sunshine laws are just some of the issues that executive recruiters working for institutions of higher learning must deftly navigate.

Mr. Harris leads the firm’s higher education, academic medicine, and healthcare administration practices. Prior to establishing the firm in 1997, Mr. Harris worked five years for a leading retained executive search firm where he concentrated on senior assignments on behalf of leading engineering, research, and health sciences clients. He is the global leader of the IIC Partners higher education/academic medicine practice, and from 2010 to 2013, was appointed to the board of IIC Partners as vice-chair for the Americas.

Recent clients include Michigan State University, Purdue University, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, Medical College of Wisconsin, University at Buffalo, Vanderbilt University, Oakland University, University of South Florida, University of Nebraska, Vanderbilt University, Kansas State University, University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Meharry Medical College, and Oregon Health & Science University.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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