Chief Technology Officer Search Underway

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Interim Senior Vice President for Administration Mark Demyanek has named a 14-person search committee to recommend candidates for chief technology officer (CTO) of Georgia Tech.  The panel, comprised of leaders in the academic, research, and IT communities, will advise Administration and Finance leadership on a top candidate.

The newly created CTO role will lead the development and growth of research technology, academic technology, and enterprise innovation IT programs at Georgia Tech. The CTO will serve as part of the OIT senior leadership team, reporting to the vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer and partnering with academic and research programs to establish and implement long-term strategy in the areas of digital learning and research computing.

“We believe it is important at this time to proceed with the search for the new CTO in order to keep our momentum in the rapidly evolving IT arena and to provide critical connectivity across our academic and research IT enterprise,” Demyanek said.

The national search will be chaired by Lew Lefton, associate vice president for Research Computing in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and assistant dean of Information Technology in the College of Sciences.

"By collaborating with academic and research units across all of Georgia Tech's campuses, the CTO will develop important relationships and have an opportunity to strategically impact the core mission of the Institute," said Lefton.

Members of the CTO search committee include:

  • Lew Lefton, Ph.D., Associate VP for Research Computing, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research
  • Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., School Chair, School of Interactive Computing
  • Cas D'Angelo, Associate VP of IT and Chief Operating Officer, Office of Information Technology
  • David Leonard, Director of Academic and Research Technologies, Office of Information Technology
  • Catherine L. Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries
  • Deirdre Shoemaker, Ph.D., Professor, Physics
  • Dwayne Palmer, Senior Director of IT Governance and Planning, Office of Information Technology
  • Jimmy Lummis, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Technology
  • Nelson Baker, Ph.D., Dean, Georgia Tech Professional Education
  • Peter Brecke, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
  • Richard DeMillo, Ph.D., Professor, School of Computer Science
  • Robert Butera, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Raj Vuchatu, Deputy Director of Finance and Operations and Principal Research Associate, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Uwanna Smith, Director of Information Technology, College of Computing

Georgia Tech has engaged the executive search firm, Greenwood/Asher & Associates, to facilitate candidate identification and vetting.

Faculty, staff, and students can visit for a full position description and information about the search process, timeline, and opportunities to provide feedback on candidates.

Applications and nominations for this position can be sent to or While applications and nominations will be received until the CTO is selected, interested parties are encouraged to respond by July 22 to ensure optimal consideration.


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  • Created By:Rachael Pocklington
  • Created:06/11/2019
  • Modified By:Rachael Pocklington
  • Modified:07/10/2019


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