Chris Wessells


Chris Wessells was recruited as a Senior Higher Education Technology Strategist (West) for Dell Technologies. He brings extensive leadership skill as a University CIO and more than 25 years’ experience working in higher education.   His passion for building innovative and transformational solutions will assist Dell customers achieve their strategic goals specific to academic excellence, administrative efficiency, and student success objectives.

Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Chris served as CIO at the University of San Diego for nearly 13 years. He was recruited to USD to “radically transform” the campus IT infrastructure; enterprise systems, services and IT staff members to become a highly productive and responsive service organization. His experience includes responsibility for all aspects of IT strategy, governance, services and support, enterprise applications, network and compute infrastructure, cloud, virtualization, instructional and online academic technologies, research computing, business intelligence/analytics, mobile, portal, and emerging technologies. He has a reputation for collaborative decision-making and passion for building a strategic vison and environment of success with Information Technology, IT professionals and major technology initiatives in support of institutional goals. Most of all Chris thrives on intellectual challenges of finding solutions that advance teaching, learning, research and administrative efficiency. During his tenure, Chris and his team at USD were recognized with several regional, national, and international awards for innovation and advancement of University IT applications and solutions.

Prior to his work in higher education, Chris worked as a developer on various applications programming projects for engineering firms and global banking enterprises. He holds an MS degree from Montana State University and BS degree from the University of California at Davis.

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