Suresh Balakrishnan


Suresh Balakrishnan is currently the Deputy CIO and assistant vice chancellor at the 13-institution University System of Maryland. Suresh chairs or is involved with several system-wide initiatives, including IT security, identity management, innovations in the educational use of technology, grid computing, disaster recovery, IT policies, metrics and peer benchmarking, leveraged software procurements, collaborative services, and others. Suresh also serves on the regents' Committee on Economic Development and Technology Commercialization.

Prior to joining the university, Suresh worked as a manager for two major consulting firms: Deloitte & Touche and Andersen Consulting. Suresh worked primarily with Fortune 500 companies, advising senior management on issues related to IT strategies and architecture as well as IT governance, ROI and accountability. Suresh also performed operations reviews and managed large system implementation projects for those clients. Suresh has had considerable experience with using commercial SDLC methodologies to implement systems. Suresh's earlier experience includes co-developing an enterprise-wide data and applications architecture for Raychem Corporation, a Fortune 500 polymer manufacturer that has since been acquired by NCR Corporation.

Suresh holds an MBA with concentrations in information systems and finance from the Anderson School at UCLA as well as a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Suresh is co-chair of the Building Identity Trust Federations collaboration group, supported by Internet2, EDUCAUSE, and InCommon and also serves as a member of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Information Security Council Governance, Risk and Compliance Working Group.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Climate Change, Campus Commitments, and IT
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This ECAR research bulletin analyzes how several IT offices, largely at Maryland colleges and universities, are responding to the challenges issued in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) initiative.

  • Changing Ideas of Campus Disaster Recovery: Designing Resiliency into Systems
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This ECAR research bulletin suggests a framework to provide resiliency in higher education by placing such considerations up front in the evaluation, selection, and design of information technology (IT) services and building them into the business practices of the institution.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • HEISC Governance, Risk, and Compliance Working Group
    • Working Group, 2014 - 0001
  • MARC Adjunct Committee
    • REGIONAL, 2012 - 2012
  • HEISC Governance, Risk, and Compliance Working Group
    • Working Group, 2009 - 2014
  • Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Working Group
    • HISTORIC, 2008 - 2011
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2008 Program Committee
    • REGIONAL, 2006 - 2008