Virginia Tech names new CIO

Sharon Pitt, Brown University's chief information officer, was appointed as Virginia's Tech's new CIO.
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Sharon Pitt, Brown University’s chief information officer, is returning to her alma mater to serve as Virginia Tech’s next vice president for information technology and CIO, the university announced Tuesday.

Pending approval from the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, she’s slated to begin her new role in February.

“I am delighted to return and serve at my alma mater,” Pitt said in a press release. “I will work to establish a culture of collaboration and partnership to deliver effective solutions and services that serve the needs of and forward the aspirations of the Virginia Tech community.” 

In her current role at Brown, Pitt created a “research IT roadmap” to help the university build infrastructure and services to support its goal of doubling research, according to the release. She also has experience managing IT environments and offering guidance to institutions while creating strategic plans for IT and information security, the release said.


She’s served in IT leadership roles at the University of Delaware, Binghamton University and George Mason University. 

Pitt earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. She also holds a graduate certificate in higher education administration from George Mason University.

“As we look to the work ahead, Virginia Tech should aspire to be best in class in our use of technology in learning, research and workspaces,” Virginia Tech Chief Operating Officer Amy Sebring said in a press release. “I am thrilled that Sharon will be stepping into this role at a time when the demand for technology has never been higher. I am confident in Sharon’s ability to develop a technology road map for Virginia Tech aligned with our shared strategic priorities.”

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