Monday, June 27, 2022

Announcement of Trusted CI Director Transition

Dear Trusted CI community, friends, and partners,

After 10 years of directing Trusted CI, I am stepping down as Trusted CI Director today. I thank all of you for your support over the past decade - you have made my job both a huge privilege and a pleasure. I also extend my gratitude to NSF for providing this unique opportunity.

I’m excited to share that Jim Basney has agreed to accept the role of Trusted CI Director. Jim has served as Trusted CI’s Deputy Director for the past three years and has been part of its leadership team since its inception. I suspect most of you already know Jim and will join me in my optimism that Jim will serve as an excellent leader for Trusted CI’s second decade.

I thank Jim for his contributions as deputy, which I found invaluable, and I’m happy to also share that Jim will receive similar support from Sean Peisert, who has agreed to serve as Trusted CI Deputy Director going forward. Since Sean joined Trusted CI in 2019 he has made strong leadership contributions, including serving as a co-PI the last year  and leading annual challenges and the OSCRP effort.

Kelli Shute will be staying on as Executive Director and has my thanks for her contributions in this role both past and into the future. Jim, Sean, and Kelli will be supported by the rest of the current leadership team: Kathy Benninger, Professor Bart Miller, and Mark Krenz.

I ask you to join me in congratulating Jim and Sean, and providing them and the rest of the team with the same support and collaboration going forward which you extended to me over the past decade. You can contact Jim and Sean directly at and

While my stepping down as Trusted CI Director is part of a larger life change I am making in that I will be leaving Indiana University at the end of the month, I will remain involved with Trusted CI to support this transition. 

Thank you, it has been an honor.