Chris joined Tufts on August 5, 2019 to bring a cohesive and strategic vision to information and technology needs and resources on all our campuses that will meet our rapidly evolving and complex technology needs in teaching, research, and administration.
Chris’ career accomplishments span information technology, online education, higher education business models, enrollment management, analytics, and data-driven decision-making. With both breadth and depth of expertise, he has proven himself as a professional who sees information technology as a strategic tool that can advance and strengthen institutions. Chris comes to us most recently from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is vice president and chief information officer and has been responsible for increasing collaboration in the IT community, overseeing modernization initiatives, and restarting IT governance.
Throughout his career, Chris has demonstrated his skill at harnessing technology to advance critical organizational goals. As president and chief executive officer for the New York State Education and Research Network from 2016 to 2018, his accomplishments included the development of a strategic plan that drove forward an ambitious statewide network of colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and K-12 institutions.
During more than two decades at Syracuse University, which he joined in 1994, Chris built a reputation for collaboration and innovation. He rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as vice president for information technology and chief information officer from 2008 to 2014. In that role, he was responsible for a $25 million, 160-employee organization that managed campus-wide information systems. He also oversaw the launch of an industry-leading green data center, a partnership that included IBM, New York State, engineering faculty, facilities, and IT professionals.
He went on to serve for two years as associate vice chancellor for academic operations; among other initiatives, he led efforts to improve sponsored research services and was instrumental in graduate-program marketing and recruiting and launching new online programs. In his final role at Syracuse, as its senior vice president for enrollment management, he grew online program offerings and developed and implemented new analytics capabilities to support enrollment management and student success.