Dr. Melissa Woo Appointed Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. announced on Feb. 25, that following a national search, Dr. Melissa Woo has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University effective April 4, 2016.

By: Kerrin Perniciaro
Last Updated: March 22, 2017

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. announced on Feb. 25, that following a national search, Dr. Melissa Z. Y. Woo has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University effective April 4, 2016.

Dr. Woo will be a member of President Stanley's senior leadership team and will report directly to the President while working with senior academic and administrative leaders across the institution. She will oversee the Stony Brook Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and the provision of IT services to Stony Brook's faculty, staff and students. She will also collaborate 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 comes 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.

In his announcement to the campus, President Stanley thanked Michael Ospitale, DoIT’s Senior Director of Operations, for maintaining diligent oversight of the Division during the search, and the search committee itself, co-chaired by Wendy Tang and David Conover.

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