James Hilton

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Dean of Libraries

Role: James spearheads the development of campus-wide strategies, policies and programs around digital technology and academic innovation as the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation. As a national leader in technology issues surrounding higher education, he champions and fosters initiatives that cross institutional boundaries, academic departments and information technology units in order to advance teaching, learning and research for future generations.

Experience: James helped lead the development and launch of the Unizin Consortium, a partnership between universities that focuses on leveraging infrastructure, content and data to drive the expanding digital learning landscape. Prior to his current position at U-M, James was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Virginia. Previously, he served at U-M as Special Assistant to the Provost for Media Rights, Associate Provost for academic, information and instructional technology affairs and interim University Librarian. Additionally, at U-M, he is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Information in the School of Information and Faculty Associate in the Research Center for Group Dynamics. He was a co-founder of the Sakai Project, a collaborative effort to create open software that advances teaching, learning and research. He also serves on a number of boards, including Internet2, DPN and the HathiTrust Board of Governors. He has published extensively in the areas of information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes, and the psychology of suspicion.

Doctor of Social Psychology, Princeton University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas