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CIO Cabinet

Chris McCoy, CIO
Chris McCoy

Chris McCoy

Chief Information Officer
University of North Texas System & University of North Texas

As CIO for the UNT System and UNT, Chris provides information technology leadership and governance, ensuring that short- and long-term budgets are executed as intended. Chris implemented a system-wide consolidated IT strategic plan, creating decision-making structures, and setting priorities that focused on establishing a high-performance, customer-centric IT service organization.

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Bharath Prabhakaran
Bharath Prabhakaran

Bharath Prabhakaran

Deputy Chief Information Officer
Associate Vice Chancellor Enterprise Applications

Bharath serves two primary roles as Deputy Chief Information Officer for the University of North Texas System, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Applications.

As Deputy CIO, Bharath is the senior ranking staff member reporting to CIO Chris McCoy, where he advises and assists with the formulation of information technology strategies, policies, and programs. Bharath provides executive IT leadership, decision making, and oversight as assigned by CIO McCoy, or in his absence.

As Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Applications, Bharath established the vision, strategic leadership, and direction for all enterprise applications across the UNT System. Bharath ensures the planning, budgets, and resource allocations are sufficient, and the policies, services, and deliveries for all enterprise applications areas successfully align with UNT System’s long-term solutions.

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Charlotte Russell

Charlotte Russell

Chief Information Security Officer
Senior Director, Management and Risk Services

Charlotte manages enterprise IT policy and strategic planning, risk assessment, information security management programs, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, vendor and contract management services, communications, marketing, and professional development services, software licensing, information services and resource support, accessibility programs, and State of Texas initiative analysis and reporting.

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Ravi Vadapalli
Ravi Vadapalli

Ravi Vadapalli, Ph.D.

Senior Director, North Texas Scientific Computing

Ravi provides leadership in securing and managing sustainable scientific computing and analytics capabilities for research and training across UNT and UNT System. He assists the CIO in strategic planning, budgeting, and data governance for sustainable scientific computing and innovation. Dr. Vadapalli also serves as the strategic-initiatives coordinator for the Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing Center (CAAAM), and as an affiliate site director for the NSF IUCRC Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center site at UNT. He is passionate about fostering interdisciplinary research and grant collaborations, industry-research partnerships, and future workforce training opportunities through scientific computing and analytics.

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Stephanie McCane
Stephanie McCane

Stephanie McCane

Business Director, UNT System IT Shared Services

Stephanie supports annual budget preparation along with development, monitoring, management, and reporting requirements for central enterprise computing services. This provides employee services, including payroll, timekeeping, employee reviews, and ITSS employment services. Stephanie and her division coordinate purchasing services for hardware, software, and services and maintain all maintenance contracts. ITBS monitors vendor and interagency contracts, and reviews and approves purchases. ITBS also provides executive support in the form of emails, schedules, and appointments.

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