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Before retiring as the university’s chief information officer emeritus, Russell Helm provided leadership to the UCM Division of Information Services for 14 years.
Helm left the position of CIO having developed a full-service, coordinated technology environment that supports the university mission. He helped create a network-based academic support environment including open and focused departmental and college labs throughout the campus. He also implemented an integrated administrative environment, based primarily on the deployment of the Banner ERP system which replaced every major administrative computing module on campus.
During his tenure, Helm helped the Division of Information Services to develop a highly-qualified and professional staff which worked diligently to meet the needs of the university and its user community. He also got involved in a number of campus groups including the Statewide Mission Transition Team, Presidential Task Force for Technology, Strategic Planning and Resource Council, and Presidential Task Force for Distance Education.
Helm prepared for his professional career by attending the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1966. He went on to pursue his higher education at the University of Georgia, Athens, and earned a doctorate in statistics in 1970.
Prior to beginning work at UCM, Helm worked in higher education. He served in a number of technology-related positions that included dean of Information Systems, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA.; director of information systems, South Dakota Board of Regents, Pierre, SD; director of computing services, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; associate director of the university computer center, Ball State University, Muncie, IN; and assistant professor of math and director of computer services, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA.