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Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

The Northwestern University Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the university. The primary responsibility of this office is the development and use of information technology in support of Northwestern’s vision for excellence in research, life-long learning, and the administration of the University.

Sean Reynolds addresses the UNITS Forum

Sean Reynolds is Northwestern University's vice president for information technology and also serves as Chief Information Officer.

Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) reports to the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and is committed to providing an effective, comprehensive and secure technology infrastructure to deliver the highest quality and sustainable information technology services in support of the University’s mission through responsive leadership, innovative exploration, sound guidance, and open collaboration.

Northwestern University Information Technology's Mission

The mission of NUIT is to support the University in meeting its strategic and operational objectives through leadership and support of appropriate information technology solutions and services.  We will do this by:

  • aligning closely to the University plans and objectives;
  • developing strong relationships with schools, departments and other Northwestern organizations, and the faculty, students, staff and other community members within them;
  • fostering close, transparent collaboration with other campus IT and service providers;
  • partnering with other universities, and external organizations and businesses with similar objectives;
  • fostering and supporting innovation in solutions;
  • developing our human resources to ensure we are leaders in understanding,  deploying, and supporting current and future information technology solutions to support Northwestern's competitiveness, influence, and reputation;
  • responsibly and effectively using University resources.

Information Technology Discussion Document

As part of NUIT’s ongoing commitment to engage with the larger IT community at Northwestern, we have crafted a discussion paper as we look ahead to the next fiscal year. 

This paper is an overarching discussion document to share NUIT’s perspectives at this stage—on the information technology (IT) environment that influences us, on what we’ve heard through our partnerships within the community, and on the directions we’re setting as result of these two—so we can continue to foster conversations within, and be aligned with, the larger community at Northwestern.  

Our hope is that this document will help to cultivate the important conversations that can move us forward together in the coming year.

FY15 Information Technology Discussion Document (PDF) *New


FY14 Information Technology Discussion Document (PDF)

Recent News and Activities

Effective May 1, 2014, a new NUIT organizational structure will take effect. To enable the University to have a more holistic approach to administrative systems delivery and support, and allow for focused resources on project management, business analysis, reporting activities, and other common activities across these systems, Administrative Systems will become a new organization within NUIT. Read full the NUIT Administrative Systems Reorganization Announcement (PDF)…