The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) exists to provide a strategic vision of information technology that advances the Washington University mission, supports operations, serves the needs of all communities across the university and enables the university to continue to excel in its increasingly competitive landscape. Guided by a set of values and guiding principles, the OCIO works collaboratively with academic, clinical, research and administrative leaders across the institution to develop a strategy that will better leverage our IT investment. The OCIO leads the planning, development, support and measurement of all IT services and initiatives. The OCIO also provides information security and portfolio and project management services for IT projects.

Jessie Minton – Vice Chancellor for Technology and Chief Information Officer

Before joining Washington University in 2022 Minton was vice provost and chief information officer at the University of Oregon, where she worked since 2017.

An accomplished leader and information technology professional with deep expertise in health care and biomedical research technology, Minton had oversight of the development and execution of information technology strategy, operations, and investments for the University of Oregon, as well as leadership of Information Services, the central IT organization for the university. 

Minton led the University of Oregon’s transition to full remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and launched a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant telehealth platform, virtual computer labs, secure videoconferencing, and services to support students with financial needs.

Minton previously served as director of business operations and technical support services in the central IT organization of Oregon Health & Science University. In this role, she led one of five divisions within the information technology group for the highly ranked academic medical center with education, research and health-care missions, and 18,500 staff, faculty, and researchers.

OCIO Senior Staff

Troy Burrus
Interim Deputy CIO for WashU IT / WUSM CIO

Troy Burrus oversees information technology (IT) strategy, management and delivery for the School of Medicine and serves as  assistant vice chancellor and deputy university chief information officer.

Russell Sharp
Chief of Staff to the CIO

Russell Sharp is the Chief of Staff to the CIO and leads the IT Finance and Administration, and IT Governance, Portfolio and Project Management, and Service Management.

Maureen Fischer
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and CIO

Maureen Fischer manages Vice Chancellor’s schedule and all OCIO meetings and events.

Chris Shull
Chief Information Security Officer

Chris Shull heads the Information Security Office and leads security efforts across all campuses, schools and departments. He and his staff are co-located across the Danforth and Medical campuses.

Rick Herman
Executive Director – End User Services

Rick leads the management and success of the Service Desk, Account Access, Desktop Engineering, Field Support and Audio Visual services. He also sponsors ITIL and its continued implementation within the WashU IT organization.

Justin Hoyt
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Shared Infrastructure

Justin Hoyt is accountable for providing a stable, reliable environment for telephony, data networking, server administration, identity management and enterprise storage.

Craig Pohl
Senior Director – Research Infrastructure Services

Craig Pohl leads the Research Infrastructure Services team, providing core infrastructure and research computing services to support the Institute for Informatics as well providing the strategic plan for expanding to provide common services needed across the university’s research community.

Tim Brooks
Executive DirectorPPMO and Service Management Office

Tim Brooks leads the PPM and Service Management Offices that enable IT governance at Washington University. Services include providing portfolio management, IT capital planning, project and program management methodologies, business requirements analysis, strategic communications, organizational change management support, and IT Service Management.

Rooji Sugathan
Executive Director Data Management

A new Enterprise Data Management function has been established under Rooji Sugathan to enable critical data related functions. His team specializes in data analytics, report development and data management capabilities, necessary to improve the ability to collect, report, and analyze data important for decision-making.

Amy Walter
Assistant Vice Chancellor – Enterprise Applications

Amy Walter provides leadership in the establishment and execution of software development, applications strategy, and developing and maintaining applications standards.