Having an efficient and secure technology infrastructure is vital to the success of any large enterprise, especially the California State University – the largest public four-year higher education system in the nation. Technology is also central to the delivery of the educational program and student success. No one understands these priorities better than Patrick Perry, who will join the university’s leadership team on May 2 as the new Chief Information Office (CIO). Perry, a seasoned public sector technology leader, brings decades of information technology and policy leadership experience to the CSU. In his new post, Perry will oversee Information Technology Services, shape the vision, provide policy direction and lead the strategies that power the technology infrastructure supporting the university’s 23 campuses, 470,000 students and 47,000 employees. He will also lead projects designed to provide scalable, sustainable applications of technology in support of the academic mission, expand the intra- and inter-campus communications network, and maintain and refine administrative systems. Furthermore, he will oversee key system-level initiatives including accessible technology, common management systems, identity and access management, and information security management.

Perry will report to Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea and serve on the Chancellor’s Leadership Council. He will oversee a $76 million operating budget and a staff of more than 300.

“Patrick is a service-oriented and responsive leader who understands the vital role of technology in delivering a quality educational experience for students,” said Executive Vice Chancellor Relyea.

Perry is currently a senior research associate in the Health & Human Development Program at WestEd. He spent 13 years as the vice chancellor of Technology, Research and Information Systems for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. During that time, he also served as an executive on loan to the Foundation for California Community Colleges, serving as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his role as vice chancellor, Perry served in various leadership positions at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office including serving as a specialist in Information Systems, research analyst, director of Information Systems, and Dean of Informational Systems and Analysis.