The Illinois Campus Cluster Program governance model is structured to provide a clear delineation of roles, responsibilities, accountability, and stakeholder inclusiveness for effective and efficient execution of the Program to meet the needs of the campus research and education community.

The three bodies of the organization and their high-level roles are as follows:

  • Executive Steering Committee—decision-making
  • Investor Forum—recommendations
  • Illinois Campus Cluster Operators—implementation

Executive Steering Committee

The Executive Steering Committee is the oversight and decision-making body for the Illinois Campus Cluster Program. It reports to the University of Illinois IT Governance Research Subcommittee (ITGRS). The committee makeup will include the Investor Forum representatives, the Director of Illinois Campus Cluster Program (ex officio), a representative of the Illinois Office of the Chancellor (OC), a representative of the Illinois Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), a representative of the Illinois IT Governance Research Subcommittee (ITGRS), and a representative of the Illinois CIO’s Office. Each entity will appoint their own representative(s). The Executive Steering Committee will annually select a chairperson. Subcommittees may be formed with members from the Executive Steering Committee, Investor Forum, Illinois Campus Cluster Operators, and other stakeholders such as prospective new Investors to focus on specific issues. The Executive Steering Committee is responsible for annually reviewing and updating, as necessary, the SLDs for the Illinois Campus Cluster Program. The Executive Steering Committee is also responsible for reporting regularly to the ITGRS on the status of the Illinois Campus Cluster Program.

The current Illinois Campus Cluster Program Executive Steering Committee members are:

  • Matthew Hudson, Professor, Bioinformatics and Crop Sciences (Investor Forum representative)
  • Laura Herriott (Investor Forum representative)
  • Julian Catchen, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Biology (Investor Forum chair)
  • Patty Jones, Associate Director for Research, Beckman (OVCR representative)
  • Vacant (IT Faculty Advisory Committee representative)
  • Jeffrey Brawn, Professor and Head, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Office of the Chancellor Representative)
  • Greg Gulick, Deputy CIO and Executive Director, Technology Services (CIO’s Office Representative)

Additional ex officio non-voting members:

  • John Towns, Executive Director for Science and Technology, NCSA (Director of Illinois Campus Cluster Program)
  • Tim Boerner, Assistant Director, NCSA (Operations Manager, Illinois Campus Cluster Program)
  • Leslie Froeschl, Project Manager, NCSA (Project Manager, Illinois Campus Cluster Program)

Previous meeting notes are available on the ICCP wiki.

Investor Forum

The Investor Forum represents the interests of the Investors in the Illinois Campus Cluster Program governance process. The Investor Forum will annually elect a member to serve as the Chairperson of the Investor Forum. The Chairperson is responsible for convening regular meetings of the Investor Forum and for bringing recommendations from the Investor Forum to the Executive Steering Committee.

The Chairperson, along with two additional members also annually elected by the Investor Forum, serve as representatives to the Executive Steering Committee. For purposes of electing the Chairperson and the additional representatives to the Executive Steering Committee, each investor shall receive one vote regardless of the number of nodes or Instances in which they have invested. No one may serve more than two consecutive terms as Chairperson or additional representative. The timing of elections for these positions will be tied to the timing of selection of new representatives for the Illinois IT Governance Research Subcommittee.

Previous meeting notes are available on the ICCP wiki.

Illinois Campus Cluster Operators

The Illinois Campus Cluster Operators are responsible for installing, operating, and maintaining all Illinois Campus Cluster Instances and for providing basic support for users. This team will implement and execute the policies of the Illinois Campus Cluster Program and Instances as directed by the Executive Steering Committee. The Campus Cluster is operated by Technology Services under the leadership of the Deputy CIO for Research IT, John Towns. Technology Services contracts with NCSA for the technical personnel who operate the cluster.