Melissa Z. Y. Woo has been appointed Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University. She will begin her tenure on April 4 as a member of President Samuel L. Stanley’s senior leadership team. Dr. Woo will oversee the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and the provision of IT services to faculty, staff and students. She will also collaborate with the CIO of Stony Brook University Hospital in the ongoing development of information systems between the main academic campus and the Stony Brook Medicine campus.
“The strategic direction of information services at a top research university is extremely vital to the institution’s success, and I am confident that Dr. Woo has the vision and experience to lead Stony Brook University’s Division of Information Technology to its full potential,” said President Stanley.
Dr. Woo comes to Stony Brook from the University of Oregon, where she served as Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO since 2012. Prior to her appointment there, she was at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as Director of Research Cyberinfrastructure and was later appointed IT Director in University Information Technology Services. Her career in higher education includes appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she began her career in information services and earned her PhD in Biophysics. She received her BA in Biophysics at Berkeley.
A graduate of the EDUCAUSE Institute Management and Leadership Programs and a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, Dr. Woo received the EDUCAUSE 2012 Rising Star Award, and from 2012 through 2015 served as a senior reviewer of EDUCAUSE Review Online. She earned a Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management and her involvement in the IT community includes co-chairing the Higher Education Information Security Council (2014-15); serving on the advisory board of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, Inc. (2013-2016); and serving as a founding member of the Trust and Identity in Education and Research Community Investment Council.