As Vice Provost for Academic Technology (VPAT), Ronald R. Hutchins oversees high-performance computing services and provides technological services to the schools and faculty. Working with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, he determines the technical services and infrastructure that are needed to support faculty and staff as they strive to create vibrant classroom learning environments for their students. Mr. Hutchins joined the Provost’s office in 2020.
Mr. Hutchins came to the University of Virginia in August of 2015 to serve as Vice President for Information Technology. In this role, Ron focused on creating a University-wide strategy in IT for teaching, learning, research, and administrative technologies while honoring the University’s deep culture and tradition. He partnered with faculty, administrators, and research units to explore a vision of a ‘data enabled university.’ He identified numerous priority areas that target equipping UVA for reaching goals identified in the University’s 2013 Cornerstone Plan. Data analytics, research computing quality, affordable storage, and access to external funding are all foundational components that enable UVA to attract the best and brightest faculty. His portfolio of projects includes RC (Research Computing), UVA ACCORD (Assuring Controls Compliance of Research Data), DH@UVa (Digital Humanities at UVA), and Dev Hub (Mobile App Development Hub).
Prior to joining UVA, Mr. Hutchins served as Associate Vice Provost for Research and Technology, Chief Technology Officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. During his career at Georgia Tech, he implemented the campus IP-based computer network in 1991, as an early leader in higher education networking. He has held leadership roles in regional and national networking organizations including the Southern Crossroads (SoX), the Quilt (a consortium of regional network providers), and Internet2. More recently, he envisioned and built support for CODA, a new facility located in Midtown Atlanta’s Tech Square, bringing together research, economic development, and environmental planning in support of scientific work that depends upon modeling, simulation, and analytics in the creation of new knowledge.\
Mr. Hutchins received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from Georgia Southern College. He attained both his Master of Science degree in information and computer science and his Ph.D. in computer networks from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In the Spring of 2014, Ron lived in Metz, France and taught graduate level networking and mobile applications courses at Georgia Tech Lorraine.