CIO Cabinet

Chris McCoy

Chris McCoy

Chief Information Officer University of North Texas System

As Chief Information Officer for the University of North Texas System, Chris manages Information Technology Shared Services, responsible for providing essential information technology and communication services across the UNT System.

Chris developed the information technology decision-making structures for the UNT System and he establishes the priorities for this high-performing, customer-focused service organization. Chris meets with the UNT System Board of Regents and their associated committees to contribute vital information and present recommendations for technology purchases.

While providing information technology governance to institutions within the UNT System, Chris implemented a strategic plan to consolidate technology services, focusing on short- and long-term budgets, and continues to ensure budgetary plans are executed as intended.

Bharath Prabhakaran

Bharath Prabhakaran

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Associate Vice Chancellor Enterprise Applications

Bharath serves two primary roles as Deputy Chief Information Officer for the University of North Texas System, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Applications.

As Deputy CIO, Bharath is the senior ranking staff member reporting to CIO Chris McCoy, where he advises and assists with the formulation of information technology strategies, policies, and programs. Bharath provides executive IT leadership, decision making, and oversight as assigned by CIO McCoy, or in his absence.

As Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Applications, Bharath established the vision, strategic leadership, and direction for all enterprise applications across the UNT System. Bharath ensures the planning, budgets, and resource allocations are sufficient, and the policies, services, and deliveries for all enterprise applications areas successfully align with UNT System's long-term solutions.

Kent Kogler

Kent Kogler

Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure, Chief Technical Officer

As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Infrastructure and Chief Technical Officer for the University of North Texas System, Kent manages the infrastructure and technology services necessary to support the UNT System’s mission and strategic goals.

From telephone voice communications systems to web services that disseminate information to students, faculty, and staff; to the essential data centers which house the many terabytes of student records and the operations staff who ensure they remain functional in all conditions; to the enterprise architecture and planning, Kent oversees the skilled team leaders and technicians.

He is also responsible in keeping the information technology systems functioning while ensuring the helpdesks are responsive and supportive. Kent collaborates with the Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer on annual budgeting for IT needs, manages IT assets and services across the UNT System.

Charlotte Russell

Charlotte Russell

Chief Information Security Officer, Senior Director of Management and Risk Services

Charlotte's responsibilities include management of enterprise IT policy and strategic planning, risk assessment, information security management programs, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, vendor and contract management services, communications, marketing, and professional development services, software licensing, information services and resource support, accessibility programs, and State of Texas initiative analysis and reporting.

Stephanie McCane

Stephanie McCane

ITSS Business Director

Stephanie McCane and her division, IT Business Services (ITBS), support the annual budget process preparation, development, monitoring, management, and reporting requirements of central enterprise computing services that support ITSS. This area provides employee service functions including payroll, timekeeping, employee review services, and ITSS employment services. Additionally, Stephanie and her division coordinate purchasing services for hardware, software, and services along with maintaining accurate data of all maintenance contracts. ITBS monitors vendor and interagency contracts, and reviews and approves purchases. ITBS also provides executive support, in the form of emails, schedules, and appointments for the associate vice chancellor and CIO.