Carnegie Mellon University
January 22, 2021

CMU Promotes Stan Waddell

Waddell named vice president for information technology and chief information officer

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In recognition of unprecedented growth in technology as a key driver of its missions, Carnegie Mellon University announced today that Stan Waddell has been promoted to vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO), effective immediately.

Waddell had been serving as associate vice president for Computing Services since joining the university in 2019.

"Adapting to remote work and executing our hybrid model of education during this pandemic was made possible by embracing new opportunities through technology," said CMU President Farnam Jahanian. "In the post-COVID world, we anticipate that these trends will continue to shape, and ultimately accelerate the ongoing transformation of higher education. I look forward to relying on Stan's vision and leadership as we amplify our educational and societal impact and drive CMU's technology-enabled future."

As vice president and CIO, Waddell will continue to provide vision, leadership and management to CMU's entire computing enterprise. He also will serve as a member of the university's executive management team, reporting directly to the president and leading the development of a comprehensive technology and data management strategy.

"It is an honor to be a part of the Carnegie Mellon University community, and I am very excited for the opportunity to increase my contributions through this expanded leadership role," Waddell said. "CMU is extremely well-positioned to embrace data-driven and technology-enhanced approaches across its missions, and I look forward to working with the campus to make the most of these opportunities."

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Waddell served as the associate vice president for information technology and CIO at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to that, he held technology and information leadership positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He also served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician for nine years.

Under Waddell's leadership, Computing Services has been instrumental in the university's ongoing pandemic response. In spring 2020, they supported the quick transition of more than 4,900 courses to online learning and engineered creative solutions to support student success, including deploying 105 loaner devices. This fall, they also enhanced 200 classrooms with technology to support the hybrid model of education. Computing Services continues to deliver robust IT infrastructure and capabilities to meet the needs of distance learning and remote work.

Waddell has been reporting to President Jahanian on an interim basis following unit reorganizations in the spring of 2020. His promotion to vice president formalizes that reporting structure.