Leo Howell, Interim Vice President of IT & Chief Information Officer

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Leo Howell, a visionary IT leader with over two decades of experience, currently serves as the interim vice president for IT and chief information officer at Georgia Tech. In this role, he provides vision, leadership, and oversight in the development and implementation of information technology. He is also responsible for establishing the strategic direction of how the university handles its information technology resources. He formerly served as the Institute's chief information security officer (CISO). He previously served as the CISO of the University of Oregon where he showcased his leadership in cybersecurity and information technology. His dedication to leveraging data for decision analytics sets him apart. Leo holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of the West Indies, and an MBA from NC State University. As a CISSP and CISA, he demonstrates deep knowledge and commitment to cybersecurity. Leo's distinguished career is marked by strong collaborative leadership and the recognition of data as a strategic asset for decision-making in the ever-evolving information technology and cybersecurity landscape. 

OIT Senior Leadership Team

Pam Buffington

Executive Director of Foundational Infrastructure & Technology

Didier Contis

Executive Director of Academic Technology, Innovation & Research Computing

Katie Crawford

Executive Director of Enterprise Applications & Data Management

Malynda Dorsey Smith

Senior Director of Organizational Change Management & Communications

Maria Hunter

Executive Director of Digital Business

Valeria Roberts

Assistant Director - HR Business Partner

Melanie Megenity

Senior Director of IT Resource Management

Dwayne Palmer

Executive Director of IT Strategic Initiatives & Governance


Chief Information Security Officer