Rob Lowden

Rob Lowden

Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

Office of the Vice President of Information Technology and CIO

As vice president for information technology and chief information officer, Rob Lowden sets comprehensive IT strategy and leads IT services, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and research efforts across the university.

In his previous role as executive associate dean and CIO for the IU School of Medicine, Lowden led IT strategy for the largest medical school in the United States. Prior to this, he served as IU's associate vice president of enterprise systems, during which he led adoption of IU's course management system, implemented two-factor authentication across IU, and led the development of the Decision Support Initiative to provide IU leaders with access to timely, accurate data to inform better decision-making.

He has held multiple IT and leadership roles at IU dating back to 1998. In addition, Lowden served as interim executive director of Unizin, a membership-based consortium of large research institutions dedicated to improving learner experiences with digital teaching and learning resources.

Lowden is a first-generation college graduate and earned a Master of Science in Technology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology degree, both from Purdue University. Lowden served in the United States Navy in roles including Ceremonial Guard member in Washington D.C., search and rescue swimmer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and communications specialist in the Nimitz Battlegroup in Southeast Asia, ultimately earning an honorable discharge for his service.



  • OmniSOC Annual Conference Keynote 2020
  • IU Statewide IT Keynote, 2020 IU Statewide IT 2019
  • Unizin Summit Orlando 2018
  • MOR Associates Leadership Conference Presentation Bloomington 2017
  • Kuali Days Annual Conference Presentation San Diego 2016
  • Educause Face-to-Face Annual Conference Presentation Anaheim 2016
  • Indiana Digital Government Conference Presentation Indianapolis 2016 2010
  • Alliance Conference Presentation Nashville 2015
  • Tableau Drive Conference Presentation Bellevue 2015
  • Symplicity Client Conference Presentation Washington D.C. 2015
  • Kuali Days United Kingdom Presentation London 2014
  • Kuali Days South Africa Conference Presentation Cape Town 2014
  • Educause Face-to-Face Annual Conference Anaheim 2013
  • Kuali Days Annual Conference Presentation San Diego 2013
  • EDUCAUSE Enterprise Illinois 2011
  • EDUCAUSE half-day cloud computing seminar California 2010
  • Gartner CIO Leadership Summit Keynote Phoenix 2010
  • Burton Group Europe and North America Presentation Prague/San Diego 2010
  • Sakai Conference Paris 2008
  • Sakai Conference Amsterdam 2007

National Leadership

  • Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity 2020–present
  • Fortinet Customer Advisory Board 2020–present
  • Hitachi Vantara Advisory Board Member 2018–present
  • Unizin Ltd. Ex-officio Board Member 2017–present
  • Higher Education Advisory Board Member Hyland 2017–2018
  • Advisory Board Member Indiana Digital Summit 2016, 2017
  • Kuali Core Board Chair 2016–2017
  • Advisory Board Member Kelley Institute for Business Analytics 2013–2015


  • IU Bicentennial Medal 2020
  • ComputerWorld Honors Laureate Recipient Washington, D.C. 2009
  • ComputerWorld Honors Laureate Recipient Washington, D.C. 2008
  • The Building Community Award IUPUI 1999