I am pleased to announce a few organizational changes for UF Information Technology (UFIT). Computing & Networking Services (CNS) will be split into two units: Enterprise Infrastructure & Operations (EI&O), and Network Services. Additionally, the UFIT Business Center will grow in responsibilities and services.
Enterprise Infrastructure & Operations will be led by an Interim Director and will oversee both the computing and data center services. Effective immediately, Chris Easley will assume this position and report directly to me. I want to thank Chris for his willingness to serve the university in this capacity. I will form a search committee to assist me in recruiting a permanent Director of Enterprise Infrastructure & Operations within the next 12 months.
Furthermore, the UFIT Business Center will begin to assume the responsibility of the consolidation of our billing services, IT asset management and performance metrics for all UFIT units. Effective immediately, Barb Sedesse will transfer to the UFIT Business Center and will lead our efforts around these continuous improvements. Barb will be a member of the UFIT Business Center leadership team and will report directly to Bonnie Cauthon. I would like thank Barb, also, for her willingness to take on these new responsibilities as we continue to push for innovation and efficiencies in all parts of our organization.
Please join me in welcoming Chris and Barb to their new roles.
Elias G. Eldayrie
Vice President & CIO
I am pleased to announce that we have concluded our search for a Director of Network Services for the University of Florida. Tom Livoti has accepted the position and will join UF Information Technology (UFIT) effective February 14, 2014. Reporting directly to me, Tom will be responsible for developing the University of Florida data and voice network strategy and roadmap and will have overall responsibility for data and voice network architecture, design, engineering and operations.
Tom has worked at the University of Florida for over 25 years, the last 16 in network management and telecommunications. He received his Bachelor.s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration as well as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer certification. During his tenure at UF he has been involved in the conversion of the Health Center to Voice over IP (VoIP) and installation of the UFHealth wireless network, HealthNet, as well as the network infrastructure for over seven new buildings. He also worked closely with campus to install a common wireless network and the new research network. Please join me in welcoming Tom to UFIT.
Additionally, I want to announce that we have established and filled a new and strategically important position for UFIT that will focus on the delivery of service and process improvement initiatives. Effective January 13, 2014, Ayola Singh-Kreitz will assume the position of ITSM Delivery Manager and report directly to the Sr. Director of Enterprise Systems. This position will work with cross-functional information technology (IT) teams to ensure that IT processes and procedures are designed, integrated, and implemented utilizing best practices and industry standards.
Ayola has been working for Information Technology at the University of Florida for over 10 years. She graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in Linguistics with specializations in Mass Communications and TESOL, and her M.S. in Management. From leading the UF Computing Help Desk she brings to the position years of cross-functional project leadership, partnerships with countless stakeholders across campus, and customer-centric operational excellence. Please join me in welcoming Ayola to her new role in UFIT.
Thank you and Go Gators!
Elias G. Eldayrie
Vice President & CIO