ITS leads UNC-Chapel Hill in planning, implementing and maintaining the University’s technology services.
The ITS staff is dedicated to delivering reliable, secure and satisfying information technology capabilities and experiences to our University community.
We collaborate with a broad spectrum of faculty, student and staff stakeholders to ensure effective, efficient and timely services that meet their needs.
Information Technology Services’ mission is to accelerate the University’s academic and research pursuits by providing accessible, reliable, efficient, scalable and innovative technologies that enable faculty, students and staff to realize their goals of leading breakthrough change to improve society and help solve the greatest problems for our state, our nation and our global community.
Position ITS as a valued and trusted University partner that delivers reliable, efficient and creative institutional technology strategy and solutions in partnership with the greater Carolina academic, research and administrative community.
J. Michael Barker, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Michael was appointed Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective February 1, 2020. He served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO from January 31, 2019 to January 31, 2020.
As Vice Chancellor and CIO, Mike has responsibility for Carolina’s central IT portfolio. He has proven his ability to recognize evolving challenges and provide long-term direction for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives at Carolina. As Vice Chancellor and a member of the Chancellor and Provost’s leadership cabinets, he will have a central role in implementing ITS initiatives and objectives in Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, the University’s strategic plan.
Prior to his current role, Mike served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Technology Officer in ITS. In his role as Associate Vice Chancellor, Mike had oversight over Learning Technologies, including Sakai, CCI Printing and Classroom Hotline, as well as Research Computing, encompassing high-performance and high-throughput scientific computing services. Under Mike’s leadership, the impact of the Research Computing group multiplied, giving researchers access to innovative and emerging technologies required to power their work. As Chief Technology Officer, he identified and advanced strategic information technology initiatives that position Carolina to have enabling technologies both for current and emerging needs.
In his decade at Carolina, Mike has had responsibility for a broad array of the central IT portfolio, giving him excellent insight into the needs of the organization for his tenure as Interim. Mike served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Computing and Learning Technologies from 2013 to 2017, and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure & Operations and Communication Technologies from 2009 to 2013. Before coming to Carolina, Mike served in a variety of IT leadership roles at Florida State University.
Mike earned his doctoral degree in philosophy at Florida State University in 1998. He continues to stay active in his discipline. He is also appointed as Clinical Professor in the School of Information and Library Sciences and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor
Mechelle is responsible for ITS management of the University’s administrative systems: the ConnectCarolina Student Administration; Finance, Human Resources and Payroll system and related applications such as ImageNow and Web Travel; and a portfolio of University Services applications, including those serving Finance and Operations; ITS; The Friday Center for Continuing Education, and TouchNet (electronic payments).
Mechelle began her career with ITS the fall after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in math and a concentration in computer science. During her three decades of serving ITS and the University, she has supported, developed and managed the applications and the teams that manage the applications that support Carolina’s operations.
In her permanent role, Mechelle is the director of the non-PeopleSoft applications in support of Finance and Operations, The Friday Center and ITS.
Finance & Administration
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration
Steve is responsible for all ITS’ financial, human resource management and other administrative activities. He has extensive experience in operating and capital budget preparation, financial reporting, automated financial systems and business software, accounting policies and procedures, human resource management and staff training and development.
Steve previously served as Director of Budget Control for information technology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., Operations Budget Director for the Pan Am International Flight Academy and Director of Finance and Administration for the Airbus Service Co. and Training Center in Miami, Fla., and Chief Financial Officer for Florida LambdaRail Inc. Steve holds license as a Certified Public Accountant.
Customer Experience & Engagement
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Executive Director of Communications
As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Customer Experience & Engagement, Kate oversees IT Service Management (including the ongoing ServiceNow implementation), the IT Service Desk, Software Acquisition, ResNET and Managed Desktop Services, among many other groups and services.
Kate also oversees Communications, Digital Accessibility and Digital Services for ITS. In this role, she is responsible for internal and external relations, including communications strategy and planning for large IT projects for our campus of more than 45,000 students, faculty and staff. Kate has oversight over the 17,000+ site WordPress service operated by Digital Services, as well as the ITS partnership with students for the University’s mobile app, CarolinaGO.
Before taking the helm of Customer Experience & Engagement on a permanent basis in March 2020, Kate served for a year as interim AVC for ITS User Support & Engagement while also serving in her permanent role of overseeing Communications, Digital Accessibility, Digital Services and Policy. Upon Kate’s hiring, ITS joined US&E and Communications into the new division of Customer Experience & Engagement.
Before joining ITS in 2014, Kate owned and operated a digital communications and technology consulting company for five years, three of which were spent living and working in Florence, Italy. She has a passion for translating complicated IT and business needs into consumable information for end users and customers. Kate also previously worked for the University of Louisville and Hanley Wood LLC in marketing.
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville.
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Mark is responsible for all of the communication technologies infrastructure and services for the campus, including phone services, cable TV service, the fiber between buildings and wiring within buildings, the data network and network-based services.
Mark’s career encompasses more than 25 years of leadership experience in the management, engineering and operations of internet technologies. Prior to joining ITS, Mark served in a variety of roles at MCNC, including CTO. During his tenure, he led MCNC’s regional and national networking activities.
Mark was a founding board member of The Quilt and former board chair, founding board member for the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition, and is a board member for the Research Triangle High School.
Infrastructure & Operations
Assistant Vice Chancellor
John manages the Infrastructure & Operations division. The IT enterprise infrastructure and operations group includes Enterprise Operations, Enterprise Storage, Open Systems and Middleware Services.
While at the University of Michigan, John was the Assistant Director for Communications Systems and Data Center Operations and a member of the team leading Michigan’s ServiceNow implementation. Prior to his time in Ann Arbor, John directed Change Management and Operations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Before starting his higher education career, John ran national and global data center operations for the Garmin Corp., and before that was the Senior Director for Strategy Management and Engineering at MemberWorks Inc.
John earned his M.B.A. and his M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Bellevue University, and a B.S. in Management Studies from the University of Maryland-University College. John holds ITIL and Six Sigma certifications, and served as a 1st Lieutenant Signal Officer in the U.S. Army.
Information Security, Privacy & Identity Management
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Security Officer
Dennis oversees Information Security, Privacy and Identity Management.
Before managing this division, Dennis served as AVC for Infrastructure & Operations at ITS from September 2015 to May 2018.
Before coming to ITS in 2015, Dennis served as Assistant Dean for Information Technology and as Director of the Office Information Systems for the School of Medicine, where he was directly responsible for customer support, system administration, network support, classroom services, applications development, web development and information security.
Before his more than two decades at Carolina, Schmidt served as a pilot and department head in the U.S. Navy and headed a Navy information systems division as part of the Joint Special Operations Command. He also worked as a test engineer for Motorola Inc. and as technical director at Science Applications International Corp.
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