Carroll University has named Mohammad Samarah, Ph.D., as its chief technology officer. Samarah, who has almost three decades of experience, will begin his role Jan. 6.
“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Samarah as our chief technology officer,” said Carroll President Dr. Cindy Gnadinger. “He will help us envision ways in which we can utilize technology to further advance our mission, our academic offerings, and our administrative efficiency and effectiveness.”
Dana Stuart, vice president for finance and administration, said that, as a candidate, Samarah “brought the most depth of strategic and visionary thinking to the position. The other finalists were strong operational leaders, but Dr. Samarah brings the added value of strategy and big-picture thinking, key attributes we were searching for.”
“I am delighted to join Carroll University and to become one of its Pioneers,” Samarah said. “The next 10 years will bring remarkable transformations to higher education that require striving for excellence, stretching past previous boundaries and continuing a journey of exploration and discovery. With a clear vision and a sound strategic plan in place, I am excited to be part of the team that brings the next growth phase for this special institution into 2025 and beyond.”
In his new position Samarah also will lead Carroll’s Office of Information Technology (OTS) department. He previously was an advisor and cofounder of the Florida-based EnMedical Systems, a medical software company that also offers a range of IT consulting services. He also was an assistant professor of computer science and big data analytics at Florida Polytechnic University, where he was a founding member of the graduate program for the College of Engineering and College of Innovation and Technology.
Samarah has been widely published in medical technology and has presented his research at international conferences in Malaysia, New York and China. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Northern Arizona University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in engineering/computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.