The Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” announced the selection of Connie Atchley as its new chief information officer (CIO) and associate vice president of Information Technology Services for the university after a national search. Atchley, who joins Oregon Tech from Oregon State University where she most recently served as information technology services director, will begin July 1 and will work out of the Klamath Falls campus. She replaces current Oregon Tech associate vice president and CIO, Jim Jones, Ph.D., who announced his retirement last December.
As CIO, Atchley will bring her significant experience in higher education and information technology consulting to provide vision, leadership, integrative management, and direction for the University’s information systems, and continue Oregon Tech efforts to promote a leading-edge computing environment for faculty, staff and students. She will also be responsible for institution-wide strategic planning and budgeting for information technologies, and coordination and integration of university information technology across all locations in Klamath Falls, the Portland-Metro campus in Wilsonville, and at sites in Salem and Seattle.
“We’re looking forward to Ms. Atchley joining us at Oregon Tech in this important role,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, president of Oregon Tech. “She will continue the high-quality work begun by her predecessor, Dr. Jones, and will be instrumental in developing our classroom and lab technology as well as our technical infrastructure to support the success of the institution. Connie has an understanding of our institution’s systems and partnerships to continue our positive trajectory, and we welcome her to Oregon Tech.”
Atchley has been with Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, since 2017, serving as information technology services director/university shared services enterprise (USSE) director. She has been responsible for developing and managing the USSE functional teams, budget, software, and service agreements; successfully restructured the Information Technology Services team and aligning the departments to increase business efficiency. Before joining OSU, Atchley was global operations project director at Ellucian and worked with the company beginning in 2011. Atchley also worked previously at OSU in a variety of technical and leadership positions beginning in 1998.
“Throughout my 10-year relationship with Oregon Tech, I have looked for opportunities to support the institution,” said Atchley. “Oregon Tech’s emphasis on growth, program relevance and becoming a nationally recognized public polytechnic university will rely on strong partnerships among information technology, business units, and faculty. I am excited to come on board to be part of that journey with the University.”
The position of CIO and associate vice president of Information Technology Services is a department within the Finance and Administration (F&A) division at Oregon Tech. The position works directly with the vice president of F&A, Brian Fox, and other senior leaders across the university to align ITS efforts with the University’s technology goals.
“Having watched Ms. Atchley’s leadership with USSE, she has shown an incredible capacity for navigating challenging circumstances by building successful partnerships across organizational boundaries, strengthening her teams and operationalizing strategic goals,” shared vice president Fox. “We are pleased to welcome her to the Oregon Tech team and look forward to benefiting from her extensive knowledge. I want to thank members of the search committee for this successful outcome: search chair Erika Veth and committee members Tony Richey, Stephanie Pope, TroyScevers, Tracey Coon, Karen Blevins, Farooq Sultan, Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy and Jennifer Kass.”
Atchley received a master’s in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon; and a bachelor’s in Information Management from Oregon State University.