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.

Chris Kielt
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Chris Kielt, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Washington University in St. Louis, oversees academic, research and administrative computing services across the university. Kielt creates and promotes a vision for information technology to empower the university community with better access to information and to propel the university to becoming a leader in technology-driven research and innovation. The CIO directs the development, implementation and advancement of the IT strategy and initiatives that support these goals. He reports to the provost and executive vice chancellor for administration and is a member of the University Council.

OCIO Senior Staff

Maria Russo
Deputy CIO for WashU IT / WUSM CIO

Maria Russo 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. Before coming to the University, Russo was the executive director for Systems Integration with Kaiser Permanente. She has 20 years of experience in the health-care industry, most spent with large health systems.

Maureen Fischer
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and CIO

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

Regina Sykes
Director- Organizational Change Management, Communications, and Governance

Regina Sykes leads the OCIO communications team, directing project and service communications functions by providing strategic communications, branding, and media relations expertise for the OCIO and WashU IT.

Kevin Hardcastle
Chief Information Security Officer

Kevin Hardcastle heads the Information Security Office and leads security efforts across all campuses, schools and departments. He also leads the Computer Security Incident Response Team. He and his staff are co-located across the Danforth and Medical campuses.

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.

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.

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.

Russell Sharp
Interim Executive Director – Portfolio and Project Management Office, Enterprise Architecture, IT Service Management

Russell Sharp leads the organization that enables IT governance at Washington University.  This includes providing portfolio management, IT capital planning, methodologies, and skilled resources for strategic initiatives.

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.

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.

Sharon Swan
Program Director – Shared IT Services

Sharon leads the Shared IT Services project with purview over its progression and program management.