Phase I: Vision, Mission, and Goal Statements

Development of a Draft Strategy Document


  • Mission and Vision Statements
  • Strategic Theme Focus Areas
  • Goals and Objectives

The strategic plan is the culmination of a six-month process, which included the collaboration and exemplary work of a steering committee, comprised of leaders and representatives throughout the Office of Information Technology, along with representation from college IT directors, faculty and staff members, and student leaders. The committee was charged with establishing a five-year strategic plan to support the goals of the Institute and set direction for IT investments and priorities. The committee was also asked to address opportunities to strengthen coordination of activities within IT and create a standard of excellence around those activities. Following this process, OIT's senior leadership team was charged with reconciling these goals with the Institute goals to develop an implementation plan with measurable strategies and tactics. 

Strategic Planning Steering Committee

  • Mehmet Belgin, Research Scientist, OIT

  • Candice Bovian, Staff Council Vice Chair, Program Manager, Human Resources

  • Pam Buffington, Associate Director of Digital Learning, OIT

  • Rob Burns, Business Analyst Sr, OIT

  • Jassen Ceci, Director of AV Services, OIT

  • Didier Contis, Director of IT/Interim AVP for Data Strategy, College of Engineering

  • Christopher Craig, Associate Director of Cyber Security, OIT

  • Paige Cruver, Business Relationship Manager, OIT

  • Gerald Davis, Facilities Manager Sr., OIT

  • Nan Deeprasert, Systems Support Engineer Sr., OIT

  • Justin Filoseta, Director of IT, College of Sciences

  • Jeff Fischer, Director of IT, GTPE

  • Quinae Ford, Staff Council Chair, Administrative Manager, Facilities

  • Joe Gaskin, Technical Product Owner Sr., OIT

  • Samuel Graham, Director of IT, Library

  • Dr. J.Rhett Mayor, Secretary of the Faculty Executive Board, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Keya Mathis, Technical Analyst, OIT

  • Allan Metts, Digital Learning Principal Architect, OIT

  • Thomas Miller, Director of Network Engineering, OIT

  • Sidartha Rakuram, SGA VP of IT, Undergraduate Student

  • Jennifer Rhodes, Project Manager Principal, OIT

  • Uwanna Smith, Director of IT, College of Computing

  • Gabe Vannice, IT Support Professional Manager, OIT

  • Raj Vuchatu, Information Officer, GTRI

  • Runyi Wang, OIT Student Employee, Undergraduate Student

  • Troy West, Information Security Engineer Lead, OIT

Download Draft Vision, Mission, and Goals

The steering committee drafted vision, mission, and goal statements that align for four Institute strategic themes. View downloadable statements. 

Project Team

  • Daren Hubbard, VP of Information Technology & CIO, OIT
    Executive Sponsor

  • Rashidah Bahar-Graham, Project Manager Principal, OIT
    Project Manager

  • Dwayne Palmer, Executive Director of IT Strategic Initiatives, OIT
    Project Lead

  • Malynda Dorsey, Director of IT Marketing & Communications, OIT
    Project Lead
    Communications Support

  • Marlie Williams, Communications Officer, OIT
    Project Support
    Communications Support

  • Michelle Thackray, Senior Consultant, Strategic Consulting

Phase II: Implementation Plan


  • Twelve-Month Implementation Road map
  • Strategies
  • Owners
  • Metrics
  • Targets/Baselines
  • Timelines
  • Resource Requirements
  • Communication plan

The Process

Once OIT strategic goal statements and objectives were drafted by the steering committee in April, the SLT was then charged with identifying opportunities for the further alignment and refinement of goals, objectives, and strategies - while simultaneously utilizing feedback from key stakeholders. This included three phases:


  • Gathered and incorporated feedback from the IT community and the Institute’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Feedback centered on ensuring goals, objectives and strategies would be succinct, measurable, and aligned with future priorities
  • Feedback also stressed the importance of supporting Institute values and emphasizing that students are our top priority 


  • Evaluated content to ensure there was alignment and continuity with the mission, vision, goals, and objectives outlined in the draft strategy document as well as with the Institute’s Strategic Plan and the A&F Strategic Plan


  • Identified areas of redundancy and overlap, consolidated and streamlined goals and objectives where necessary
  • Developed strategies that support each objective and provide a high-level roadmap by which we can accomplish the work outlined within the strategy document