Knotts named CIO; Jalso to Retire Next Year and Support Transition to New Chief Information Security Officer | Electronic News

After a successful interim appointment, Brice Knotts was named permanent Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University. Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said the appointment reflects Knotts’ success in building collaborative partnerships across the institution and establishing a long-term vision for the role of technology in the future of the university.

Knotts is already playing a vital leadership role in the WVU Modernization Program, overseeing information technology services and supporting many projects that will take place over the next five to seven years. The program aims to prepare WVU for future challenges by establishing a strong and flexible foundation based on modern technology and effective and efficient business processes that support an engaging student experience.

With the CIO in place, the interim appointments also become permanent for Jerod Hall, ITS Executive Director for Enterprise Applications, and Neil Jones, ITS Director of Technology Planning. Meanwhile, longtime Chief Information Security Officer Alex Jalso plans to retire in mid-July 2023, concluding 30 years of service at the University. WVU will soon begin a nationwide search for a new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and Jalso will help with the transition.

The WVU Modernization Project team has been working on a new information security strategy roadmap, and the CISO will be a key hire as this process continues. Knotts hopes the new CISO will join its ITS leadership team by January 2023. The position will be posted in the coming weeks.

WVU will seek an experienced, collaborative leader who can help create a culture where information security is a shared responsibility across the company. As WVU grows the information security program, it will need someone with a proven ability to balance risk with the usability and mission of the organization.

Knotts, who was named Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Enterprise Applications in September 2019, was appointed to the position of Interim CIO in April 2021. In this role, he assumed responsibility for advising senior management of the University on technology issues and to provide day-to-day operational oversight of HIS.

Knotts has worked for WVU for 27 years, starting as an administrative network manager in 1995 and rising to assistant director of computer science student affairs in 1999. He became associate director of that unit a year later, then director in 2007 Knotts was appointed director of the former Student Systems Management (SSM) group in March 2012, then Executive Director for Enterprise Infrastructure in April 2015 after ITS was created by the merger of SSM, the Office of Information Technology ( OIT) and the Administrative Technology Solutions (ATS) group. Student Life Computing and Research Computing then joined ITS.

Knotts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from WVU, as well as a master’s degree in business administration.

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