Marc Overcash named deputy chief information officer at Johns Hopkins

Overcash has spent the past 18 years at Emory, where he developed and led efforts to support the research enterprise, faculty scholarship, staff productivity, and student experience

Marc Overcash, a senior information technology leader with nearly three decades of experience advancing the missions of research-intensive higher education and health sciences institutions, has been named the first vice president and deputy chief information officer for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

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In this role, Overcash will be responsible for developing and maintaining the information systems and services that support the academic and research mission of the university as well as many general-purpose IT systems and processes that serve the broader Johns Hopkins community. He will report to Rich Mendola, vice president and chief information officer, and also work closely with the provost's office, deans and divisional business officers, and others in senior leadership roles across the institution.

Overcash joins Johns Hopkins from Emory University in Atlanta, where he has worked for more than 18 years, most recently as deputy chief information officer and assistant dean for information technology.

At Emory, Overcash conceptualized and created a new research IT organization focused on supporting the university's $1 billion research enterprise. He has established data solutions to support cross-mission initiatives, advanced cloud-based computing for AI, research, and teaching, and played a key role in IT implementations, including Emory's COVID-19 preparedness and response.

"Having worked with Marc for over 15 years at Emory, I have the utmost confidence in his ability to add immense value to the deputy CIO role at Johns Hopkins," Mendola said. "I couldn't be more excited about Marc joining the IT@JH team and working with our many collaborators and colleagues to advance the academic mission of our incredible university."

Prior to joining Emory, Overcash served in multiple senior IT roles at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001-2005), where he contributed to the IT response for several public health emergencies, built the CDC's IT program management office, and led several agency-wide initiatives. A graduate of Davidson (N.C.) College, he also spent six years in IT roles at Harvard Medical School.

"It's a rare opportunity to work for such a prestigious institution with a mission to make the world a better place," Overcash said. "During my visits, I could immediately see the 'relentless pursuit for excellence,' the care and dedication, the collaboration and partnership, and the desire to do great things. I am honored to accept this position and look forward to working with the Johns Hopkins' community in the advancement of its leading education, health care, and research missions."

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