College appoints CIO


Ben Williams. Courtesy Davenport University

A local college has hired its interim co-chief information officer to take over the role permanently.

Davenport University said last week it appointed Ben Williams as its new VP of information technology and CIO.

Williams has worked at Davenport in IT for the past 13 years and has co-led the IT division on an interim basis since 2016.

“Ben demonstrated strong leadership over the past year, and we are confident he will continue our tradition of excellence in information technology,” said Mike Volk, EVP for finance and CFO, Davenport University.

“We are happy to fill this important role with a leader who has already demonstrated his tremendous value to Davenport.”

Williams’ responsibilities will include leading the IT services team through strategic initiatives in keeping with the college’s master plan, as well as overseeing the department.

The team he leads is responsible for the design, engineering and operations of Davenport’s networks, data centers, compute and storage platforms, cloud services and custom applications, customer support, application support activities, enterprise architecture, IT service management and project management activities.

Williams’ background

Williams earned a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering at Central Michigan University in 2003.

He worked at CMU as a computer technician from 1998 to 2003, then joined Davenport as an information technology systems coordinator in 2004.

He has since worked his way up through Davenport’s IT division, serving as a Novell network engineer and director of information security, before assuming the interim co-CIO role last year.

Williams earned an M.S. in computer and information systems security/information assurance from Davenport in 2013.

Williams volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Kids’ Food Basket, Woldumar Nature Center and the Michigan Nature Association.


Founded in 1866, Grand Rapids-based Davenport University is a private, nonprofit school serving nearly 8,000 students at campuses across Michigan and online.

The college offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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