CIO Announcement: Reorganization

As we position IT at the University to better support the academic, clinical and research missions, one thing is clear: we must work to improve the experience for our University stakeholders. One important way for us to do so is to improve the ways we communicate our services and activities.  Communication is a key strategic capability for WashU IT, and it is imperative we communicate effectively to be successful and help our community access technology services at Washington University.

As part of a plan to improve communications, we have decided to reorganize the function in WashU IT and bring a number of communications functions together. So beginning immediately,   project and service communications functions will be directed by Aisha Hamilton, newly promoted to the position of Director for IT Communications. Aisha and her team of Andrea Androuais, Alexis Kim, Jacquelyn Stearns, Brian Lallish and Matt Gerst will be working to ensure we take visible and capable steps to better connect our efforts and services to the larger WashU community.

Additionally, as a result of the immense importance of information security and the need to create stronger awareness and community engagement around this important topic, we have also created a new role within the Information Security organization designed to enhance communications and training on information security initiatives. Quint Smith has accepted the position of Information Security Training and Communications Specialist. In this role, he will focus his efforts on information security communications, customer engagement and training in alignment and close partnership with the strategy and standards set by the OCIO Communications team. Quint has been with the University for three years, starting as a communications specialist with the OCIO Communications team.

I am pleased to share with you this important news and hope you will join me in thanking and congratulating Aisha and her team as well as Quint for accepting these new opportunities in service to our great University.


Chris Kielt
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and
Chief Information Officer