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Division of Information Technology


A strong and reliable Information Technology (IT) division is imperative to the success of the University of South Carolina. Input from a broad base of stakeholders is necessary to ensure IT services support the academic and research goals of the university. Several groups, made up of thought and opinion leaders from across the system, have been established to provide direct input in IT strategies and initiatives. 

Current Governance Groups

The groups below were initiated in the 2017-18 academic year. Several other groups will be established in the future.

Faculty & Staff IT Advisory Committee

The Faculty and Staff IT Advisory Committee consists of approximately 30 cross-representative thought and opinion leaders that work together to make sure all stakeholders’ interests and needs are considered. The group meets four times per year to discuss and prioritize IT topics for further exploration. Committee members identify IT initiatives that will benefit the education and research goals of the university. Topics on which to focus are selected by vote of the entire committee. Small, ad‐hoc teams are assigned to each topic. These teams take approximately 6-8 weeks to research topics, identify benefits of implementation, uncover potential restraints, and submit a formal report to the entire committee. After reviewing the reports of subcommittees, the committee may approve initiatives for implementation. The Chief Information Officer and Division of Information Technology will then take ownership of implementation. All reports of subcommittees will be listed on this page. 
If you are interested in joining the group for the 2018-19 academic year, we would love your involvement. Please email Michelle Foster at

Membership, 2017-18:

Elise Ahyi - Director of Strategic Partnerships, University Communications
Andrea Benigni - Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Bob Brookshire - Director of Graduate Studies/Professor, Integrated Information Technology
Juan Caicedo - Undergraduate Student Director/Professor, College of Engineering and Computing
Mark Cooper - Professor/Director of Film and Media Studies Program
Mohammed Dasser - Assistant VP of Advancement Services, Development Office
Laurel Eddins - Director of Service Operations, Division of Information Technology
Michael Galbreth - Professor, Department of Management Science
John Grego - Professor/Department Chair, Statistics
Matt Heightland - Server Manager, USC Beaufort
Jeff Hostilo - Director of Collaborative Technology and Academic Support, Division of Information Technology
Geniese James - Director of Information Resources, Office of the Provost
Trevor Jerue - Knowledge Manager, Division of Information Technology
Debbie Kassianos - Director of IT and Data Management, Division of Research 
Venis Manigo - Director of Purchasing
Elizabeth Mathis - Director of Technical Operations, Division of Information Technology
Matt McGrievy - Director of Web Development and Communications Core, Arnold School of Public Health
Lesley Nussbaum - Director of Remote HR Services, Division of Human Resources
Holly Pae - Professor/Faculty Chair, College of Education, USC Upstate
James Perry - Chief Information Security Officer, Division of Information Technology
Christian Price - IT Manager, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Susa Rathbun-Grubb - Assistant Professor, School of Library & Information Science
Dave Rodriguez - Network Manager, College of Social Work
Randy Rollings - Director of IT, Athletics
Sean Sims - Student Information Systems Program Manager, Division of Information Technology
Susan Smith - Chief Operating Officer, University Foundations
Ben Torkian - Senior Applications Scientist, Research Computing, Division of Information Technology

Topics Explored in Spring 2018:

Click on a report to see the list of individuals who worked on the topic. 

Topics Explored in Fall 2017:

Click on a report to see the list of individuals who worked on the topic. 

Identity and Access Management Advisory Committee

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) Advisory Committee advises the DoIT on establishing priorities and procedures regarding the products, applications, and platforms that manage the identity of users and their access to university systems. The committee is composed of faculty, students, and staff representing areas across the university system who are knowledgeable in their respective fields of expertise. Meetings are held quarterly and members serve two-year, renewable terms. Appointments are for two-year renewable terms.

Membership, 2017-18:

Joseph Bass - Undergraduate Student Body Vice President, Columbia campus
Glenn Bunton - Director of Library Technology Services
Dagmara Bruce - Director of Human Resources, USC Upstate
Joey Derrick - Director of Financial Aid, Columbia campus
Bob Dyer - Director of Information Technology, Palmetto College
Michael Galbreth - Professor, Department of Management Science, Darla Moore School of Business
Matt Heightland - Server Manager, USC Beaufort
Brad Holt - PeopleSoft Finance Program Manager, Administration and Finance
Stacy Lee - Human Resources Information Systems Manager, Columbia campus
Aaron Marterer - Registrar, Columbia campus
Darryl Nash - Identity and Access Management Program Manager, Division of Information Technology
Roscoe Patterson - Assistant Director of IT Audit, Audit and Advisory Services
James Perry - Associate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Clint Saidy - President, Graduate Student Association
Randy Shelley - Executive Director of Application Services, Division of Information Technology
Karen Smith - OneCarolina Coordinator, USC Aiken
Ben Torkian - Senior Applications Scientist, Research Cyberinfrastructure
Oleg Uvarov - Facilities IT Manager, Facilities
Mary Wagner - Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia campus

IT Security Advisory Committee

The IT Security Advisory Committee includes approximately 20 members from academic and administrative areas, with a mix of both faculty and staff. The group provides advice to the Chief Information Security Officer regarding information security and how to best achieve the goals of the Information Security Program. It also promotes visibility of information security across the system.

Membership, 2017-18:

Cheryl Addy - Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Carolina Agardy - Associate Vice President for Human Resource Programs and Services
Brandi Boniface - Associate Director of Sponsored Awards Management, Division of Research
Sonya Brown - Associate Vice President for System Plannin, Division of System Planning
Matt Cleary - Director of Information Technology, Student Affairs
Pam Doran - Executive Director of Audit and Advisory Services
Doug Foster - Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
John Grego - Department Chair/Professor, Department of Statistics
Hossein Haj-Hariri - Dean of College of Engineering and Computing
Eddie King - Chief Information Officer, USC Beaufort
George Lampl - Associate General Counsel
Ross Lordo - Student Body President  
James Perry - Chief Information Security Officer, Division of Information Technology
Ernest Pringle - Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, USC Aiken
Randy Rollings - Director of Information Technology, Athletics
Tom Scott - Executive Director of SC Cyber, Office of Economic Engagement
Luke VanWingerden - Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services, USC Upstate
Ed Walton - Chief Operating Officer
Chris Wuchenich - Associate Vice President and Chief of USC Police

Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Committee is an officially chartered group of the Student Government Association. Comprised of 10-15 members representing a variety of disciplines and majors, the group meets with the Vice President for Information Technology four times per academic year. The committee allows central IT to share developments and updates, and gain valuable input. Students are also encouraged to share ideas and ask questions about IT initiatives. The students are then charged with sharing information they learn with their peer groups.

Membership, 2017-18:

Nicole Bartuch - Marketing and Management major, Sophomore
Joseph Bass - Mechanical Engineering major, Junior
Zach Blackwood - Management Science and Finance major, Sophomore
Christophe Blouis - Mechanical Engineering major, Junior
Gretchen Bollar - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Junior
Colton Corley - Mechanical Engineering major, Junior
Eva DeSaro - Marketing and Finance major, Sophomore
Carly Demkowicz - Psychology and Criminal Justice major, Freshman
Matt Donaher - Marketing major, Sophomore
Colin Johnson - Physical Activity and Public Health major
David Johnson - Computer Science major, Junior
Victoria Milligan - Public Relations major, Senior
Kyle Roop - Accounting and Management major, Sophomore
Luke Sturtz - International Business and Management major, Sophomore

Student Systems Council

The Student Systems Council is a voting, decision-making body made up of representatives that work directly with students. The Council is responsible for the review and approval of projects and enhancements related to student systems such as Banner and The group prioritizes projects across units and resolves conflicts between competing projects. They approve the Student Systems roadmap and recommend technology-related university policies to the Executive Steering Board.

Membership, 2017-18:

Sabrina Andrews, Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Joey Derrick, Director of Financial Aid
Aaron Marterer, University Registrar
Nicole Pressley, University Bursar
Deborah Staley, Associate Director for Strategic Technology Initiatives, Undergraduate Admissions
Luke VanWingerden, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Services (represents Comprehensive campuses)
Scott Verzyl, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Mary Wagner, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Technical Review Board (TRB)

The Technical Review Board (TRB) consists of technology leaders in the eight-campus system who work together to develop enterprise technology standards and encourage their adoption with the overall goal of reducing technology duplication and operational costs. The TRB meets virtually to review new proposed IT initiatives and make recommendations to the CIO.

Membership, 2018-19:

Jason Boryk – Lead Systems Architect, Division of Information Technology
Jessie Hawkins – Systems Architect, Division of Information Technology
Jeff Hostilo – Director of Collaborative Technology and Academic Support, Division of Information Technology
Anthony Ryan – Information Security Architect, Division of Information Technology
Paul Sagona – Interim Executive Director of Research Computing, Division of Information Technology
Joyce Shealy – Continuous Service Improvement Coordinator, Division of Information Technology
Randy Shelley – Executive Director of Application Services, Division of Information Technology
Campus Representation – TBD

If you would like to become involved in an IT governance group, or you have additional questions, contact


Governance Structure

There are three types of governance groups: advisory committees, councils, and boards. Advisory groups are non-voting groups that meet to brainstorm ideas and offer suggestions and input on IT projects. Councils have voting rights and responsibility for resource allocation. The Executive Steering Board is comprised of university officials and not only has voting rights, but final authority on decisions. The model below illustrates the overall governace process in the Division of Information Technology. Some groups illustrated have not yet been established.