Brad Englert Appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer for ITS
On June 25, 2009, President William Powers and Kevin Hegarty, Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO), appointed Brad Englert as Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Information Technology Services (ITS).
Englert has been serving as an Ex Officio member of the President’s Strategic Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC) since October 2008.
In announcing the appointment, Hegarty said, “Brad’s work with SITAC has given him the opportunity to establish relationships with key stakeholders across campus. His extensive experience from a long and outstanding career in running higher education IT organizations uniquely equips him to understand the immediate and long-term IT needs of the university. I am pleased he has agreed to serve as Interim COO through the next fiscal year. I trust his knowledge and expertise will be a great asset to the university as we go about implementing a new strategic direction and focus for IT at the university.”
“SITAC is recommending pragmatic steps for realizing the strategic potential of IT for the university,” said Englert. “I look forward to collaborating with the campus community as we create a new campus-wide IT governance structure, build a new funding model for ITS, and make the most of the vast knowledge and experience available at the university. It will take a concerted effort to achieve the strategic IT initiatives identified by campus as essential to helping the university reach its goal to be the best in the country. I am honored to be part of the team that will make this happen.”
Concurrent with Englert’s appointment, Hegarty eliminated three associate vice president positions within ITS citing a need to create one point of accountability and redirect limited resources to higher priority needs.
Englert, who received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Shimer College and his Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, served in a variety of IT operational leadership roles for large, complex, and diverse institutions of higher education and state government during his twenty-two year career with Accenture.
The final SITAC report will be presented to President Powers in late August 2009. For more information on the committee’s work and initiatives, go to the SITAC Web site.