President's Report Masthead
June 30, 2015

New chief information officer named

Sharon Pitt

Vice President for Operations JoAnn Navarro announces that Sharon Pitt, currently deputy chief information officer and executive director of enterprise infrastructure at George Mason University in Virginia, will become chief information officer for Binghamton University, effective July 13, 2015.

“I am so pleased that Sharon will be joining us as the new CIO at Binghamton University,” Navarro said. “She has a wealth of experience in higher education IT and is known to be a skilled collaborator. In addition, she has presented nationally numerous times on issues ranging from cloud computing to telepresence to women in technology.

“I am confident that she will be an excellent leader and play a critical role in meeting the needs and priorities of our students, faculty and staff on campus.”

“I am committed to developing an agile, collaborative and dynamic information technology organization that supports the work of the University,” Pitt said. “I look forward to working with the Information Technology Services team and the University community to leverage technology in support of innovation in teaching, learning and research.” 

At George Mason, Pitt has overseen a full-time staff of nearly 160 faculty and professional staff, in support of over 33,000 students. Her responsibilities have included technology infrastructure and computing services across multiple campuses via enterprise servers, data center operations, enterprise resource planning systems, networking, communication technologies, instructional design, classrooms and computer labs, and computing support services. She is currently supervising development of a network road map to increase wireless capacity and network stability, the hardening of security infrastructure, and substantial expansion of active learning classrooms and study spaces. 

She served as George Mason’s committee representative to the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), the IBM Cloud Academy and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA). In 2009, she received, on behalf of George Mason, the Virginia Governor’s Technology Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Higher Education. 

Pitt began her career as a programmer/analyst at Virginia Tech before serving as director for instructional technology and distance learning at James Madison University and associate vice provost for learning technologies at North Carolina State University. She co-chaired the development of NC State’s 2004 quality enhancement plan for learning in a technology-rich environment toward reaffirmation of institutional accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). While in North Carolina, she served as board chair of the Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative, a consortium of the sixteen campuses of the UNC system. 

Pitt joined the staff at George Mason University in 2006, as executive director of instructional technology, served as interim deputy CIO and executive director of technology services for two years and was appointed deputy CIO in 2015. She also served for two years at executive director of the 4-VA Collaborative, a consortium currently comprised of George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech that works to expand educational opportunities, increase research competitiveness and enhance STEM activities for Virginians through shared courses, research and technologies.

Pitt earned her bachelor of arts in economics and master of architecture from Virginia Tech and holds a graduate certificate in higher education administration from George Mason University.