Chief Information Officer

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is seeking a strategic, collaborative, entrepreneurial leader for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Reporting directly to the University President, the CIO will provide forward-looking vision, leadership and long-range direction for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives that align with the University’s mission and strategic plan.

Entering its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized as an institution of increasing national prominence and impact. A private, non-sectarian, coeducational, comprehensive research university with a liberal arts tradition, SMU awards degrees and conducts research in a wide range of disciplines in seven degree-granting schools:  Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Cox School of Business; Meadows School of the Arts; Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering; Dedman School of Law; Perkins School of Theology; and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. U.S. News and World Report ranks SMU 56th among national universities, and Forbes listed SMU as the 14th most entrepreneurial research university in the U.S. The University is classified as a doctoral university with higher research activity under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

SMU’s investments in support of research include installation of a new supercomputer, ManeFrame II, in the University’s  recently constructed data center, recent endowments of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and the AT&T Center for Virtualization, and plans to construct a state-of-the-art building to house a visualization center and data science research.  SMU is a founding member of the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN), a consortium of public and private institutions with high-performance optical network services. The University is also home to the Guildhall, established in 2003 as a premier graduate-level video game development education program in the U.S. Created at the request of the game development industry to train its future leaders, Guildhall is ranked second in the U.S. by Princeton Review among educational programs in video game development.

The CIO works with other leaders on campus to support their respective academic, research, and administrative operations. The CIO coordinates the adoption of technology standards and information policies at SMU and establishes practices that improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and security of the IT environment, including research and educational systems, networks, data centers, cloud computing, ERPs and related systems, desktops and mobile devices. The CIO also works closely with the academic leadership to develop new approaches and tools for learning and research, and to create new knowledge and new business opportunities. Given that SMU is planning to expand its continuing education and distance learning options, strengthening the infrastructure for online learning is also a priority. An overarching goal is to increase the contribution of the Office of Information Technology in the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plans.

SMU seeks a technology leader of the highest caliber, which should be reflected in the appropriate combination of education and experience, and a proven track record of success.  A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree, or equivalent experience, is strongly preferred. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) a resume/curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:

Dr. Jett Pihakis
Russell Reynolds Associates
(202) 654-7800

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,