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IT Strategic Advisory Committee (ITSAC)

Purpose

The Information Technology Strategic Advisory Committee (ITSAC) is the senior university information technology committee charged with advising and providing recommendations on information technology issues to the President’s Cabinet. ITSAC ensures that the University makes the best possible decisions in advancing the acquisition, deployment, and use of technology in support of the goals outlined in the IT strategic plan. ITSAC also ensures that planning, pursuing new directions, institutional actions, and changes are implemented and integrated in a coordinated, collaborative, and transparent fashion.

Objectives

The purpose of ITSAC is to:

  • Provide support to the President’s Cabinet in the development of an IT strategic plan for the university
  • Conduct regular assessments of the university’s IT initiatives to ensure alignment with and progress towards the goals outlined in the university IT strategic plan
  • Create a subcommittee support structure that reflects and represents the functional and technology interests and needs of the university and its administrative and academic units
  • Directly evaluate issues and recommend solutions that are outside the scope of the subcommittees
  • Adopt a framework and guidelines that maintain an efficient and effective division of responsibility for enterprise and local IT services
  • Recommend policies, procedures, and processes pertaining to IT that are consistent with best practices within higher education and the IT industry at large
  • Recommend major changes in the delivery of IT services or service levels, as appropriate
  • Review, prioritize, and recommend all large, university-wide IT projects
  • Work with WSU’s President’s Cabinet and central IT offices to communicate the status of IT initiatives to the university community
  • Provide annual reports to WSU’s Senior Leadership Council on the progress of advancing performance metrics stipulated in the IT strategic plan
  • Recommend and coordinate university-wide technology spending and staffing to ensure the most efficient and effective use of existing and anticipated university and decentralized IT resources
  • Develop, for the review and approval of WSU’s Senior Leadership Council, and implement an IT governance model for the efficient, sustainable, flexible, and transparent use of institutionally shared IT resources, and for the strategic growth of these resources

The President’s Cabinet decides, finalizes, and acts upon the recommendations formulated by the ITSAC and ensures that it is in alignment with the university’s strategic vision and plans.

SUBCOMMITTEES/WORKGROUPS

ITSAC will fulfill its purpose and objectives through the formation of formal topical subcommittees as outlined below and by direct action of the part of ITSAC, as circumstances dictate. Other subcommittees may be established by ITSAC, with the approval of the WSU President’s Cabinet.

In order to fulfill their specific responsibilities, the subcommittees will either resolve the issues directly at subcommittee meetings or may create small and more specialized workgroups made up of subcommittee members and augmented by additional technical or functional subject-matter experts from across the WSU Pullman campus and the branch campuses who are invited to join the workgroup to resolve a specific issue. As appropriate, the subcommittees will also help identify strategic opportunities, consistent with their respective scope and responsibilities, to best advance the University’s leadership position in the utilization of IT and cyber-infrastructure in support of its strategic goals.

For example, the Research Computing Subcommittee may create a workgroup to propose policies surrounding access and resource allocation on the institutionally shared HPC and the rates structures, if any. This may necessitate the need to invite cognizant budget/costing personnel to assist with the discussions and recommendations.

MEMBERSHIP

ITSAC will consist of the Provost’s nominee representing the Provost’s office, the Deans’ nominees representing each college, WSU CIO Council, the Vice Presidents’ nominees representing each VP area, Faculty Senate Chair, ASWSU President or nominee, and the chair of the WSU Pullman Area Technology Officers (ATOs).

The membership of each subcommittee will be appointed by ITSAC. Subcommittee membership will be selected from faculty, deans/associate deans, Area Technology Officers (ATOs), central IT staff, students, and functional leads as appropriate for each subcommittee. The specific membership of each subcommittee will depend on the focus of the subcommittee. For example faculty members and deans/associate deans would be more heavily represented on the Research Computing and Instructional Technology Subcommittees, with fewer representatives from the central IT office. Central IT staff and ATOs would be more heavily represented on an Infrastructure Subcommittee, with fewer representatives from other subcommittees; however, representatives from the other subcommittees would be included on the Infrastructure Subcommittee to provide linkage and communication to/from those subcommittees.

It is the responsibility of each member of ITSAC and its subcommittees and any workgroups to represent institutional stakeholders and to broadly solicit and share information with those stakeholders.

Current Members are:

Chair: Sasi Pillay Vice President ITS and CIO
Behrooz Shirazi Voiland College of Engineering & Architectuire
Beth Blakesley WSU Libraries
Bill Bonner CAHNRS
Cheryl Reed Graduate School
Chip Hunter Carson College of Business
Chris Jones WSU Budget Office
Chris Meiers WSU Tri-Cities
Christopher Coons Global Campus
Erika Fleck Elson S Floyd College of Medicine
Fran Hermanson Provost Office
Gary Pollack College of Pharmacy
Geeta Dutta Research
Greg Neunherz Area Technology Officers
Guy Ellibee WSU Marketing and Communication
John Johnson Athletics
John Schneider Voiland College of Engineering & Architectuire
Jon Schad WSU Spokane Facilities Operations
Jordyn Creighton WSU Tri Cities
Kenn Daratha College of Nursing
Kurt Mueller Athletics
Lisa Neal HRS
Lynne Varner WSU N Puget Sound Everett
Michael Stamper WSU Vancouver
Terry Boston Student Affairs
Tony Opheim Information Technology Services
Wade Lafferty College of Arts and Sciences

COMMITTEE MEETING GUIDELINES

ITSAC will meet at least once a month, or as scheduled by the ITSAC chair. The ITSAC will determine modifications to the schedule based on needs related to current activities and/or other time-urgent issues. The chair or a designee will collect agenda items and circulate agendas in advance of each meeting to ensure informed discussions of scheduled topics. All meetings of ITSAC and its subcommittees shall have notes of discussions, recommendations, and action items.