The overlapping skillsets and relationship between the CIO and CISO deserve a closer look.
Melissa is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Stony Brook University. She previously worked at the central IT organizations at the University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to working in the IT realm, Melissa worked in the field of health physics.
Melissa, recipient of the EDUCAUSE 2012 Rising Star Award, is a Frye Leadership (now Leading Change) Institute Fellow. She served as a Senior Reviewer for EDUCAUSE Review Online, has served on the EDUCAUSE 2012 Conference Program Committee, and was a member of the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Advisory Committee, including a year as committee chair.
Melissa has served on a number of other EDUCAUSE committees and working groups, co-authored articles, and has presented at EDUCAUSE conferences on various topics with a focus on developing aspiring IT leaders. Additionally, Melissa is a member of the advisory board for the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS), a member of the InCommon Steering Committee, and is co-chair for the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Executive Council. She completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.
The future of the higher ed IT profession depends on ensuring that leaders know and understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion — and also develop a culture and strategy that continually fosters improvement.
The challenges and opportunities for women are often very unique in our industry.