University of Buffalo names U. Nebraska CIO as next tech chief

Heath Tuttle is departing his role with the University of Nebraska to serve as the next chief information officer at the University of Buffalo.
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The University of Buffalo in New York on Tuesday announced that Heath Tuttle, associate vice president for information technology for the University of Nebraska system, was appointed as its next chief information officer following a nationwide search launched five months ago.

Tuttle will depart his role with the University of Nebraska, where he also serves as CIO at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, to begin his new position in New York on August 1, according to a press release.

“Together, we will drive innovation and elevate our technology infrastructure, ensuring it is accessible and inclusive for all,” Tuttle said in the release. “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.”

While at the University of Nebraska system, Tuttle was responsible for a digital transformation initiative that improved teaching and learning technologies, processes and support. He also played a role in developing the Lincoln campus’ use of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence. 


“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,” University of Buffalo President Satish Tripathi said in the 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.”

Tuttle succeeds J. Brice Bible, who departed the University of Buffalo in February to serve as CIO at the University of South Carolina. During the search for Bible’s replacement, E. Bruce Pitman, a professor at the university’s Department of Materials Design and Innovation, served as interim CIO at the University of Buffalo, the release said. 

In his new role, Tuttle will be tasked with advancing the university’s research and education while also delivering a “well-aligned, innovative and robust technology environment,” the release said.

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