Texas Appoints New Chief Information Officer

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin has hired Chris Sedore as its vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Sedore will be responsible for leading the university’s information technology (IT) efforts, including the continued development and delivery of customer-focused IT solutions that enable the university community to pursue excellence in its research and educational mission. He will assume the post Aug. 1.

Chris Sedore

“We believe that Chris’ diverse experience in driving technology and connectivity initiatives, as well as his energy and collaborative style, will help our university thrive and further serve as an asset moving forward,” said Darrell Bazzell, UT Austin’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. “He is a progressive IT leader with a proven track record of success, and we are thrilled to add his talent to our leadership team.”

“I am honored to join an institution that is so rich in history and expertise, as well as one that is defined by its commitment for continual progress and change,” said Sedore. “It is an exciting time to be at UT Austin, and I look forward to working with the campus community to drive IT improvements and enhance technology services for students, faculty and staff.”

Since 2016, Sedore has been president and chief executive officer for New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNet), a nonprofit that provides technology and connectivity services to colleges, universities, museums, libraries and K-12 institutions.

Previously, Sedore served as the CIO at Syracuse University for six years, where he led a complete IT transformation that focused on providing advanced support for teaching, learning, and research and administrative needs. During his 25 years at Syracuse University, Sedore began his career as a systems programmer and advanced into senior leadership positions, including serving as associate vice chancellor for academic operations (overseeing IT, enrollment management, continuing education and institutional research) and senior vice president for enrollment management.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sedore succeeds Mike Cunningham, who has served as UT Austin’s interim CIO since former CIO Brad Englert retired in 2017.