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 IMPACT, our IT Strategic Plan, 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

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.

Amy Walter
Deputy CIO, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Clinical and Medical Education Technologies

Amy Walter has overall operational oversight and accountability for information technology services provided by WashU IT, with her primary focus on research, clinical and medical education units.

Jennifer Stedelin
Deputy CIO, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Academic Technologies

With a foundation in strategic leadership, Jennifer Stedelin’s role maintains overall operational oversight and accountability for all IT services provided by WashU IT’s academic and administrative business units in the six schools and University College on the Danforth campus, the Central Fiscal Unit (CFU) of the university, and data management and analytics.

Greg Hart
Chief Technology Officer

Greg Hart is WashU IT’s first chief technology officer. His role collaborates with university stakeholders and information technology leaders across campus and BJC HealthCare to align technology strategy with the university’s vision, mission and goals.

Mark Craig
Interim Executive Director for Enterprise Applications

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

Melinda Schmidt
Chief of Staff to the CIO

Melinda Schmidt 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 the CIO’s schedule and all OCIO meetings and events.

Troy Burrus
Executive Director for Research, Clinical and Medical Education Technologies
Troy Burrus oversees information technology (IT) strategy, management and delivery for the School of Medicine.

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.

Rick Herman
Executive Director for 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.

Craig Pohl
Senior Director for 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.

Rooji Sugathan
Executive Director for 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.

Tim Brooks
Executive Director for PPMO 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.