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Mary Walsh, Chief Information Officer
(785) 864-4999 | Email 

Mary joined KU IT in the spring of 2019 and has over 30 years of experience in IT, specifically in higher education and research. Mary works hard at building collaborative relationships, and since arriving at KU she has spent her time listening to the needs of all KU community members, from students to university leaders. Mary has focused on bringing stability to KU IT operations, implementing project governance and setting long-term goals. She is working with her leadership team to create a forward-looking organization that meets current campus needs while identifying and implementing new and evolving technologies.

Rob Caffey, Chief Applications Officer
(785) 864-1795  | Email

Rob came to KU in January 2020 from Kansas State University, where he was special assistant to the CIO. In his role as Chief Applications Officer, Rob leads the teams responsible for the development, design and architecture of KU’s core enterprise and academic software applications and services. His primary focus is on working collaboratively with the campus community, key stakeholders and KU leadership to ensure the mix of technology offered by KU IT is aligned with KU's academic and research missions and strategic goals.

Chris Crook, Chief Operating Officer
(785) 864-9331 | Email

Chris Crook entered the technology and telecom industry in 1999 and has spent the last 14 years at KU. Much of his time at KU has been with IT. Using experience garnered from years in corporate environments and at startup companies, Chris prides himself on a full lifecycle approach to services and processes. Chris started his career in financial analysis and management and currently oversees the budgetary, human resources and administrative needs of KU IT. To round out his KU IT operations responsibilities, Chris also leads the Enterprise Networking, Network Construction, Network Operations, Data Center and the Price Computer Center Facilities teams.

Julie Fugett, Chief Information Security Officer
(785) 864-0490 | Email

Julie has been at KU IT since November 2002, excluding a stint at CenturyLink from 2012 to 2014. Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as CISO and is a GIAC certified forensic analyst, a certified computer examiner and holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential. Julie and her team constantly monitor the campus networks for threats and employ the latest technologies to ensure KU is on the leading edge of digital security.

Alex Wong, Chief Technology Officer
(785) 864-3148 | Email

Alex has been at KU for 16 years. He spent nine years managing the IT needs of the Department of Administration and Finance before joining KU IT in 2012. Alex has spent much of his time at KU consolidating the various campus IT services and teams. He is responsible for Enterprise Systems and Platforms and directs and manages all technology support services for more than 30,000 students, faculty, and staff at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

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