Brian Roberts Resigns as VP for Information Technology

June 25, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Brian Roberts, vice president for information technology at The University of Texas at Austin since 2006, has resigned and will return to the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, effective immediately.

Kevin Hegarty, vice president and chief financial officer, will oversee the Information Technology Services division, said William Powers Jr., president of the university. Hegarty, Powers said, will lead implementation of a new plan for information technology outlined by the Strategic Information Technology Advisory Committee established by the president in fall 2008.

"Brian Roberts has served with distinction as vice president for information technology," Powers said. "In leading the Strategic Information Technology Advisory Committee he has helped shape an ambitious agenda and a new framework for information technology services at the university. I have deeply appreciated his willingness to move from the academic arena into the administrative field."

"I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the university as vice president for information technology and work with the talented staff members who provide such critical services to our campus," Roberts said. "After spending over half my academic career in administration I look forward with great anticipation to rejoining my faculty colleagues."

Prior to his appointment as vice president, Roberts was an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, overseeing a number of the college's strategic needs, including information technology. He has been involved in key information technology positions at the university for the past 15 years.

Roberts, who joined the university in 1985 as a member of the Government Department, is a professor of government and economics.

Roberts, an award-winning teacher, earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a doctor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information, contact: Don Hale, 512-471-3151.

2 Comments to "Brian Roberts Resigns as VP for Information Technology"

1.  Pauline Lopez said on July 5, 2009

I am a retiree who worked at the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. I had the privilege to see the work that Brian Roberts provided us in keeping our computers running. His staff was the best, and it was because Brian was always making sure that we had been helped. He took the time to call, and, most important, he knew our names. That in itself means so much. He helped us all while he was in the Dean's Office of the College of Liberal Arts. He will be an excellent professor. My thanks to him and good luck.

Pauline Lopez

2.  Phillip Dubov said on July 13, 2009

I too was privileged to work with Brian during his tenure as associate dean of Liberal Arts.

He got the best out of those who worked with and for him because he encouraged us to think and act in the best interest of the people who make the university work.

His innovative and strong leadership brought real results and positive change, not just to the information technology community, but to the people that we serve: the students, faculty and staff.

I know he will be welcomed back in the academic community. My thanks, too, and best wishes.