The University at Buffalo (UB) has tapped Heath Tuttle – the associate vice president for IT at the University of Nebraska system and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) – as its next CIO, effective Aug. 1.

The appointment comes after an extensive national search that the university launched in January.

“A strategic leader with extensive experience in higher education IT, Heath has a demonstrated record of aligning diverse technology objectives into a cohesive vision focused on digital transformation, operational excellence, collaboration, and accessibility,” UB President Satish Tripathi said in a press release.

“I am confident that he will provide exemplary leadership that builds upon our robust technology environment, elevates our IT practices, and advances our university priorities and goals,” Tripathi added.

Tuttle takes over the role from J. Brice Bible, who stepped down in February to become the University of South Carolina’s CIO. In the interim, E. Bruce Pitman, a professor in the Department of Materials Design and Innovation, has been serving in the CIO position.

Prior to serving in his current role, Tuttle served as UNL’s assistant vice chancellor for IT from 2016 to 2019. In this role, he oversaw the university’s transition to cloud-based learning systems and implemented a campus-wide student email system.

“I am thrilled to join the University at Buffalo as the new vice president and chief information officer,” Tuttle said. “I look forward to collaborating with UB’s talented senior leadership team, IT teams, students, faculty, and staff.

“Together, we will drive innovation and elevate our technology infrastructure, ensuring it is accessible and inclusive for all,” he said. “By leveraging strategic partnerships and cutting-edge technologies, we will advance the university’s mission and foster a dynamic, transformational technology ecosystem that empowers every member of our community.”

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