New CIO Appointed at YU

James Vasquez Named as Chief Information Officer

20160809-Jim-Vasquez-006On August 1, James (Jim) Vasquez was appointed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Yeshiva University; he had been serving on an interim basis.

Vasquez joins YU from Ellucian, a leading provider of software and services to higher ed institutions, where he was CIO in their Leadership Services group. In his more than 25 years in the information technology field, Vasquez has worked on a broad array of technology solutions and provided strategic guidance to help education institutions navigate change, achieve greater transparency and drive efficiencies. He holds a BS in Computer and Information Science from Trinity University and studied Management Information Systems at Colorado State University’s Graduate School of Business.

Over the last 16 months, Vasquez and the ITS team have led several major projects that have helped staff meet university-wide strategies and goals, such as the Canvas Learning Management System, upgraded student printing solutions, a pilot program of “Single Sign-on” to reduce multiple logins, and a leasing deal with Dell for equipment replacement over the next three to four years.

Joshua Joseph, senior vice president at Yeshiva University, noted that “Jim’s upbeat and can-do attitude makes him a wonderful colleague by all accounts. He is well versed in YU’s IT challenges and opportunities, and his 25 years of experience at various institutions of higher education provide ample knowledge, skill and experience to launch the university’s technology needs into the future.”

“Having been impressed by both the amazing students at YU, on the one hand, and the dedicated and passionate faculty and staff on the other,” Vasquez said, “I am thrilled to help plan and implement the programs that will provide the technical support needed for teaching and learning at Yeshiva University.”