IT Council

Information Technology Council

Chair: Derek Richardson (
Contact: Sarah Hughes (

The Information Technology Council (the IT Council) is the campus-wide committee that advises the Chief Information Officer (CIO) on information technology issues of strategic importance to the university. The Council is the main advisory body for ensuring the university becomes one of the top 25 public universities in information technology. The Council provides advice and guidance on issues brought to the Council by the CIO, by the Council members and by the university community. The Council is instrumental in creating and maintaining the university's information technology strategic plan, helping to guide the implementation of the information technology strategic plan on campus, creating synergy between information technology groups across campus, and helping to eliminate barriers to advancing major information technology projects on campus. The Council will provide guidance on priorities for information technology innovation, coordination, collaboration, policy, assessment, communication, rate structures, and projects.

The specific membership of the IT Council can be found in the Senate Bylaws. More information about the IT Council can be found on the main IT Council website.


Past Committee Work

Council Members

Blanchard, JackEx-Officio - Provost's RepSVPAAPjblancha@umd.edu2020
Chu, JunGraduate StudentSPHLjchu16@umd.edu2020
Cukier, MichelIT Security Advisory Committee ChairENGRmcukier@umd.edu2021
Farman, JasonLearning Technology Working Group ChairARHUjfarman@umd.edu2021
Forrester, MadelynUndergraduate StudentCMNSmforres3@umd.edu2020
Hamidzadeh, BabakEx-Officio - Dean of Libraries RepLIBRbabak1@umd.edu2020
Hollingsworth, JeffreyEx-Officio - VP IT/CIODIThollings@umd.edu2020
Holmes, AnnEnterprise Systems Working Group ChairBSOSamholmes@umd.edu2020
Kemburu, RavitejaEx-Officio - IT Student Advisory CommitteeCMNSrkemburu@umd.edu2020
Klauda, JefferyEnabling Research Working Group ChairENGRjbklauda@umd.edu2021
Nau, DanaTenured FacultyCMNSnau@umd.edu2021
Paleg, BradExempt StaffAGNRbpaleg@umd.edu2020
Richardson, DerekChair of the councilCMNSdcr@umd.edu2022
Smith, AndrewProfessional Track FacultyCMNSasmith8@umd.edu2020
Zahniser, JimInfrastructure Working Group ChairENGRzahniser@umd.edu2020