Dillemuth Brings Higher Ed Experience as New Chief Information Officer


Jim Dillemuth, who has been interim Chief Information Officer at both Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, has been named permanent CIO for both institutions effective Feb. 15.

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Dillemuth, who joined BSU and NTC as interim Chief Information Officer in Aug. 2015, has more than two decades of experience managing information technology in higher education, all within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Before coming to Bemidji, he was CIO at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; was system director of the Portfolio Management Office at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office in St. Paul; was associate vice president of information technology and administrative services at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn.; and director of information technology and telecommunication at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

“Jim Dillemuth’s background and experience enable him to quickly step into this position and effectively manage our IT department,” said Dr. Randall Westhoff, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs and chair of the search committee. “Jim’s understanding of the relationship between the university and the MnSCU system, and his strong vision for our future, will be assets in his new position.”

Dillemuth also has taught courses in mathematics and computer literacy, and has held positions at the University of Minnesota including information technology architect and coordinator of technical support services.

He has a master’s degree in curriculum and instructional systems and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, both from the University of Minnesota.


• Jim Dillemuth, Chief Information Officer, Bemidji State University & Northwest Technical College; (218) 755-2220, jdillemuth@bemidjistate.edu

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling nearly 5,000 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.