A New Year Begins for IT Governance
October marks the beginning of the new year for campus-wide IT governance. IT governance provides the framework for strategic, operational and technical IT decision-making at UT Austin. Each summer, President Powers appoints or re-appoints members of the various IT governance committees for the coming year. New committee chairs, elected during the September 2012 meetings, are:
- Operational IT - Jerry Speitel, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Cockrell School of Engineering
- Research & Education - Pat Davis, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy
- Business Services Co-chairs—Mary Knight, Associate Vice President in the Office of the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, and Kristi Fisher, Associate Vice Provost, Information Management and Analysis
- Architecture & Infrastructure - James Lewis, Information Technology Manager, Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services, College of Liberal Arts
- Faculty Council IT (C-13) Committee - Paul Resta, Ph.D., Director, Learning Technology Center and Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Since its inception in the fall semester 2009, IT governance has established campus-wide IT policies, determined best practices and tools for IT, and defined technical architecture and standards for the University. IT governance has also established the forum for clarifying the funding continuum for campus-related IT projects, the options being local funding, aggregate funding, aggregate funding with partial central support, and common good funding.
Key values—transparency, communication, accountability, responsibility, appropriate representation and active support—guide the committees in their work. To learn more about IT Governance and how it works to establish a campus-wide IT vision in support of the University mission and goals, on the IT Governance website.