A Message From President Powers

Dear Campus Community,

        During the past several decades, the emergence and proliferation of information technology on our campus has brought dramatic changes in how we teach, learn, conduct research, and collaborate. The possibilities that lie ahead for pioneering ways to contribute to society increasingly are impacted by electronic access and leading-edge technologies. For The University of Texas at Austin to become the best public university in the country, it is important that we foster and demonstrate leadership in the area of information technology.

            To that end, I created the Strategic Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC) in October 2008 to identify and address core IT issues now facing the university. Chaired by Brian Roberts, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, the committee is charged with constructing a consensus vision for information technology on our campus. All issues are on the table. I have requested a full report by August 2009.

            Committee members and support staff will be asking many of you for information and help during this spring semester. Please help them. I am placing the highest priority on this work so that we can move quickly to realize a strategic vision for information technology at The University of Texas.

            This effort will take time, effort, and some pain, but I am confident that the results will be worthwhile.


Bill Powers