Office of the VP for Information Technology & CIO

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By exploring this page, you will learn more about the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Our office is comprised of various IT departments. We offer information about our core values, our organization chart, governance, and available scholarships.

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About Our CIO

Dr. Melissa Z. Y. Woo became Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University on April 4, 2016. In this position, she reports directly to President Samuel L. Stanley and is a member of his senior leadership team. She works with senior academic and administrative leaders across the institution and oversees the Stony Brook Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and the provision of IT services to faculty, staff and students. She collaborates with the Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital in the ongoing development of information systems between the main academic campus and the Stony Brook Medicine campus.

Dr. Woo came to Stony Brook from the University of Oregon where she served as the Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer since 2012. Prior to her appointment at UO, she was at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as Director of Research Cyberinfrastructure and was later appointed an 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 Ph.D. in Biophysics. Prior to that she received her B.A. in Biophysics at UC 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.

CIO Listening Tour

Dr. Melissa Woo has scheduled a series of "Listening Tour Stops" during Summer/Fall 2016 to meet with different administrative and academic areas to learn more about the needs of University stakeholders. The objective of her listening tour is to meet with as many teams as possible to find out what their main strategic goals, initiatives, and priorities are (independent of technology) which will be extremely beneficial to help align campus IT services with the strategic goals of the University and the customers we service.

Listening Tour Dates »

June 13
Office of Administration - Facilities and Services

June 22
Advancement & Alumni Affairs

June 27
Campus Police

July 6
Academic Success Team

July 18

July 19
Environmental Health & Safety

July 21
Global Affairs

July 21
Economic Development

August 15

August 18
Office of the Provost

August 22
Undergraduate Education Leadership Team

August 26
Human Resources

Senior Leadership

The DoIT Senior Leadership Team is committed to providing the University with a world-class teaching and learning with technology environment.

Patricia Aceves
Assistant Provost, Assessment & Technology-Enhanced Pedagogy

Shady Azzam-Gómez
Senior Director of Information Systems

Philip Doesschate
Director of IT Policy

James Hart
Director of Data Network Services

Joseph Loughren 
Director, Finance and Administration

Michael Ospitale 
Senior Director, Operations

Matthew Nappi
Interim Chief Information Security Officer

Kerrin Perniciaro 
Manager, IT Communications & Web Strategy

Chuck Powell
Assistant Provost for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Andrew White
Senior Director, Research Computing

Departments / Staff Directory

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) supports the academic, research, healthcare, and administrative missions of Stony Brook University.

Our staff directory provides individual information about employees inside the DoIT organization. 
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IT Partners Directory
The IT Partners community is designed to not only gather IT teams from across the institution.
IT Partners Directory »

DoIT Org Chart
Get a quick glance of DoIT's organizational reporting structure.

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Our Core Values

During the spring semester of 2014, the senior leadership team in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) collected input from other members of DoIT to create five core values for the organization to follow as a guiding framework when making decisions and taking action. 

We are committed to engagement, communication, and sharing information with a human voice.

We will actively hire great people, develop their growth, encourage a healthy work/life balance, promote a diversity of voices, and support our staff.

We will work to delight our customers in the innovative delivery of our solutions and services.

We will work collaboratively across Stony Brook University to provide a responsive environment that enriches and enhances teaching, learning, service, and research. 

We will encourage innovation, even where concrete business benefit is not initially apparent.

Learn more about our Core Values and how we follow them »

Our Strategic Priorities

DoIT has established strategic priorities to align with the University's strategic vision and primary goals.  

These priorities are built upon a series of foundational principles which will help guide the implementation of tactical solutions based on our strategic initiatives.

  • Manage Risk

  • Align Human Capital Plans: DoIT recruitment, professional development and training, employee retention

  • Generate New Revenue

  • Investment/Strategy Alignment: Invest resources in the projects, initiatives, and services with the most strategic value.

  • Balance Investment Across Run/Grow/Transform

  • Make Data-Informed Decisions


1. Customer Experience and Engagement

Listening to individual perceptions (how people "feel") about their experiences interacting with DoIT support or services. We want to demonstrate we care about availability, reliability, accessibility, performance, and satisfaction when it comes to our support and services. This priority also includes communications, feedback, outreach, consultation, and education.


  • Implement and strengthen service management competencies in an effort to deliver the right high-quality services that exceed expectations.

  • Provide campus constituents with expertise and services that meet and exceed their instructional, research and administrative expectations. Promote these services efficiently and effectively utilizing responsive design to user needs.

  • Institute an ongoing process for assessing our services internally and externally to provide meaningful data to drive decision making, including direct and indirect evidence.

  • Continue to improve internal and external communications through multiple modalities with a focus on relevance and clarity. Develop DoIT’s communications strategy, experiment and explore new social mediums for user engagement, feedback, and training. Highlight the efforts, people, collaborations and use of technology by Stony Brook faculty, students, researchers. Convey more insight and implications (not just facts) of what is driving innovation, discovery and change at Stony Brook.

  • Align faculty, staff, researcher and student engagement efforts with institutional priorities, maximize ROI through improvements in the teaching, learning, research and administrative environment, with special emphasis on the University's student success initiatives.

  • Develop a dynamic, transparent campus technology plan that provides a road map, benchmarks, success metrics, data and analytics.


2. Analytics

Support data driven decision making, provide and support an analytic infrastructure.


  • Focus on developing and deepening Stony Brook's analytics capabilities encompassing data capture through delivery in an effort to improve operational effectiveness, teaching, learning, advising, and research analytics.

  • Develop performance measurement and network testing systems that are regularly used to characterize the network and are available for troubleshooting.


3. Infrastructure

Physical & Virtual, Hardware & Software, Facilities, Network


  • Improve our infrastructure to be more: 1) reliable, 2) agile and elastic 3) cloud-oriented and cloud-aware.

  • Invest and implement in technologies that support key campus research and scholarly activities, and support multi-institutional collaborations and partnerships.


4. Cyber Security

Risk Management, Compliance, Policy, Incident Response Capability.


  • Improve our ability to: 1) identify threats to our data and privacy, 2) protect institutional data and privacy, 3) detect attacks and intrusions, 4) respond to identified risks and detected attacks, 5) recover from security incidents.

  • Build a portfolio of technologies that provides the capability to identify, classify and secure sensitive data.

  • Build a framework for managing risk.

  • Put Stony Brook in a position to accept and receive any research opportunities that it chooses to pursue.

DoIT Student Advisory Board

DoIT's student advisory board provides student perspectives on the technology needs of the Stony Brook student body. This involves providing feedback on current DoIT services and policies and suggesting new services that would help students be successful learners.

DoIT Student Advisory Board

Information technology goes beyond computers and printers and also includes networking, telephones, technical support, and technology workshops. Since all students, (undergraduate, graduate, commuters, residents, part-time, and full-time) utilize campus technology, it is important for DoIT to understand all of the different needs.

Learn More About the Student Advisory Board »

Responsibilities of DoIT Student Advisory Board Members 

  • Attend scheduled meetings
  • Inform their consitutents of information discussed at meetings
  • Voice their constituents' concerns, opinions, and questions about services and policies
  • Provide assistance in testing and implementing new technologies 
  • Review the performance of existing services and facilities
  • Provide feedback on existing policies and help create new policy when appropriate

If you are interested in participating, please contact Diana Voss at

DoIT Recognition

DoIT team members celebrating other DoIT team members

What is DoIT Recognition?

The mission of DoIT Recognition is to help encourage our organization to recognize both individual employees and group achievements that show consistency, outstanding achievement and remarkable results in a simple, fair and flexible manner. 

DoIT Recognition strives towards creating a fulfilling and rewarding work environment; one where all employees can work together and stay aligned with the overall mission of DoIT which is to Communicate, Grow, Satisfy, Engage and Innovate. 

Submit a Story

In order to submit a recognition story, familiarize yourself with the awards (Core Value Awards and Annual Awards). Once you have decided which award you would like to recognize a DoIT Staff member for, proceed to the DoIT Recognition Form and complete the relevant fields.

Learn more about DoIT Recognition
Submit a Story

Richard W. Reeder Scholarship

Richard W. Reeder was a trusted colleague, mentor and friend to many at Stony Brook University during his tenure that spanned more than 40 years. He was also a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

Rich was a visionary who championed technology, saving Stony Brook University millions of dollars and taking it to the next level. Rich passed away much too soon and in celebration of his life and legacy, the Richard W. Reeder Endowed Scholarship was created by his family and friends.

Richard W. Reeder Endowed Scholarship


•Full and part time students, in good standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
•Enrolled for the Spring Semester 2016

Application must include:

•A 250-500 word essay outlining how you exemplify performance, promise, excellence, citizenship and integrity
•A faculty member’s contact information including their email address. Please note you should contact the faculty member, prior to submitting your application to confirm they are willing to support you. The faculty member will be required to provide a letter of support on your behalf.




Three $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded Spring 2016 

Only completed applications will be considered.

Application deadline: December 1, 2015


Learn more about the scholarship

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