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CommTech adjusts leadership


Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson, whose career encompasses more than 25 years of leadership experience in the management, engineering and operations of internet technologies, became Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Communication Technologies in January 2019.

Before becoming Interim AVC, Johnson served in a variety of roles at MCNC, including CTO. During his tenure, he led MCNC’s regional and national networking activities.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Jim Gogan retired in January 2019 after 42 years of serving UNC-Chapel Hill. He left a lasting legacy — a reliable, robust campus network, the goodwill he forged between ITS and groups within and beyond the University, and a gold standard for service and leadership.

Before he retired, Carolina’s IT community honored Gogan with a new career achievement award that bears his name. Gogan was honored at the CTC Retreat and IT Awards event in October 2018 as the inaugural winner of the James P. Gogan Career Achievement Award.

Ryan Turner
Ryan Turner

In other Communication Technologies leadership changes during 2018-2019, Ryan Turner, took on a much larger role with the division on a permanent basis, doubling the number of direct reports and units he oversees.

The Network Deployment and Wireless groups were reorganized under his responsibility. Turner now has 22 full-time reports in four effective silos: Network Deployment (managed by David Valleroy), Network Architecture (managed by Danny Shue), Wireless (managed by Keith Miller) and Engineering/Operations (led by Jerry Woodside). Turner has the same effective role and responsibility that Gogan had prior to being appointed to AVC.


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