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New heads of UNM’s IT department announced

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Following the ouster of the previous chief information officer, the university of New Mexico has announced two current members of the IT staff will serve as the department’s interim leaders.

Duane Arruti will serve as the interim chief information officer for the University of New Mexico. Courtesy photo.

Duane Arruti will serve as the interim chief information officer for the University of New Mexico.

Duane Arruti, the current director of applications for information technologies, will serve as the interim head of information technologies starting Sept. 1. Executive Vice President for Administration David Harris said Arruti, who has 20 years of experience at UNM, will benefit the university and department as, “we move forward in transforming UNM’s IT services.”

IT oversees university email, internet access on campus, computer labs and other technology-related services.

Gil Gonzales is the former chief information officer for the University of New Mexico.

Gil Gonzales is the former chief information officer for the University of New Mexico.

Arruti replaces the former CIO, Gil Gonzales, who the administration removed from his position earlier this year. Harris at the time said the IT department was moving in a different direction, and required new leadership. Gonzales remains on staff at his current salary of $196,700, but his contract will not be renewed at the end of the year.

Harris also said Brian Pietrewicz will become the interim deputy CIO. Pietrewicz is the currently the director of computing platforms for UNM.

Effective Sept. 1, Arruti will have a salary of $185,320, up from $148,256 while Pietrewicz’s salary will be $155,287,  up from $124,230.

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