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.

Stephanie Reel – Interim Chief Information Officer

Stephanie Reel

Stephanie was appointed vice provost for information technology and chief information officer for Johns Hopkins in 1998, after serving since 1994 as senior vice president for information services for John Hopkins Medicine. As chief information officer, she oversaw a team of 1,500 IT professionals and led the implementation of the university’s information technology master plan and operational redesign for all aspects of information services including cyber security, network architecture and design, as well as application development for the mission-related activity of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University. She also served as an assistant professor in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics and as an associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

In 2019, Stephanie was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board for Clinical Research, which serves as an advisory board to NIH Director Francis M. Collins, MD, PhD. She was appointed in 2009 to the Health Information Technology Committee of then-President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and she was named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by the Daily Record in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and earned her master’s in business administration from Loyola College Baltimore.

“We have important work to do and sometimes that work seems nearly impossible, but there are a few things we can do to ensure success: work hard, tell the truth, do what you say you will do, always assume positive intent, and be kind to one another.”

OCIO Senior Staff

Jason Smith
Interim Deputy CIO for WashU IT / WUSM CIO

Jason Smith 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.

Maureen Fischer
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and CIO

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sharon Swan
Program Director – Shared IT Services

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

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.

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.