CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Daniel Reed, director of the Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is taking on additional responsibilities.

Reed has been promoted to executive director of the institute and also is now the senior adviser to UNC Chancellor James Moeser. He will direct the expansion program for the institute and also develop new research initiatives at UNC, according to the school.

"Dan Reed turns big ideas into reality," Moeser said. "Since his arrival at Carolina, he has assembled world-class computing and technology resources that enhance this University’s ability to find innovative  solutions to complex, multidisciplinary problems."

The RENCI is a collaborative effort between UNC, Duke, North Carolina State University and the state of North Carolina.

Reed, who has worked at UNC for three years, also had served as chief information officer for UNC. He will assume his additional duties in April, and UNC said it would launch a search to find a replacement for the CIO post.

Before coming to UNC, Reed directed the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.