Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions on Monday announced the hiring of a new vice president of technology and innovation/chief information officer, Daniel Harmuth, who began his service with the university the same day.
“RMU has a 25-year history of being at the forefront of technology,” President Cameron Martin said in a news release. “We are building a highly skilled executive leadership team, and Harmuth is a great addition to our institution. His expertise will help us to harness cutting-edge advancements and digital solutions, ultimately equipping students with the tools and knowledge to become future healthcare leaders.”
As CIO, Harmuth will be tasked with supporting and building RMU’s information technology infrastructure. He will also be responsible for current technology support and incorporating new innovations to supplement academic offerings.
“I am excited to join RMU as it has an incredible culture and mission,” Harmuth said in the university’s statement. “Beyond educating students, the school seeks to revolutionize healthcare practices and improve the human condition. My experience in leading technological innovations will help me lead RMU through the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of technology.”
Harmuth said part of his job is to find and bring new innovations to students to enhance their learning. He also said he wants to understand what technologies RMU currently has to offer.
“I want to partnership between the deans, me and IT to discover what technologies can be learned,” he said.
Harmuth has more than 30 years of IT experience in Fortune 500 companies, local government and health care organizations. Most recently, he worked as the IT chief operations officer for the state of Utah. He has also managed IT for Utah Transit Authority and other large organizations.
Harmuth holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in information technology from the University of Maryland Global Campus. He earned a Master’s Certificate in technology project management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Central Michigan University.
Additionally, Harmuth is a retired colonel who served for 30 years in the U.S. Army, both active and reserves, and was deployed four times to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. He commanded transportation battalions, worked in the FEMA Region IX (Oakland, California) Ops-Center, was COOP coordinator for U.S. Transportation Command, an artillery officer and wartime host nation support coordinator for U.S. Forces Korea.
Harmuth said he is using his military experience balanced with his IT jobs to get a fuller understanding of the university’s needs and capabilities.
“RMU is dedicated to incorporating all the latest technological innovations in our practices and classrooms,” Martin said in the announcement. “RMU has already demonstrated technological innovation with its virtual anatomy lab, eye clinic technologies, and more.”