University Technology Council

Council charge

The University Technology Council (UTC) is advisory to the leadership of the Office of the Provost, Office of Information Technology (OIT), and Office of Digital Learning (ODL), providing feedback and suggestions on technology issues and projects at the University of Nevada, Reno. Members of the UTC serve to enhance communication between their units and OIT and ODL and to disseminate information about campus technology initiatives and projects to their units.

Council representatives

The UTC is comprised of representatives from every major academic and administrative unit on campus. One or two representatives are appointed by the unit dean or vice president to serve a three-year term as follows (number of representatives in parentheses).

Title Name
Co-Chairs of the University Technology Council
Vice President and CIO, Office of Information Technology Sasi Pillay
Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate School Markus Kemmelmeier
Representation Member(s) Term end date
Representatives by campus office
Administration and Finance (1) Tad Kelly June 30, 2025
Athletics (1) Ryan Hargreaves June 30, 2026
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, & Natural Resources - Academic Departments (1) Alyssa Rousseau & Noel Gueco June 30, 2026
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, & Natural Resources - Extension (1) Jerry McGraw June 30, 2024
College of Business (1/2) Ron Lembke June 30, 2026
College of Business (2/2) David Croasdell June 30, 2027
College of Education (1) Li-Ting Chen June 30, 2024
College of Engineering (1/2) Alireza Tavakkoli June 30, 2025
College of Engineering (2/2) Lei Yang June 30, 2026
College of Liberal Arts (1/2) Eric Nystrom June 30, 2026
College of Liberal Arts (2/2) Nicholas A Seltzer June 30, 2025
College of Science (1/2) Lexa Baldwin June 30, 2024
College of Science (2/2) Tom Parchman January 30, 2027
Enterprise Data Services (1) Lisa Saichompoo None
Extended Studies (1) Ivan Chernov June 30, 2024
Faculty Senate (1) Alyssa Rousseau June 30, 2026
Graduate School (1) Markus Kemmelmeier June 30, 2026
Graduate Student Association Maddie Larson June 30, 2027
Office of Digital Learning (1) Bowen Drewes June 30, 2025
Office of Information Technology (1) Brandon Guilbe None
Orvis School of Nursing (1) Haley McNeil June 30, 2024
Research and Innovation (1) Rohit Patil June 30, 2024
Reynolds School of Journalism (1) Richie Bednarski June 30, 2027
School of Medicine (1) Ryan Jerz None
School of Public Health (1) Zach Behl June 30, 2024
Student Government (1) Aaron Adams June 30, 2027
Student Services (1) Isabel Evans June 30, 2024
The Associated Students of the University (ASUN) Matthew Sauls June 30, 2024
University Advancement (1) Brenda Eldridge June 30, 2024
University Libraries (1) David Dawha June 30, 2024
Continuing members: These individuals do not vote and serve continually as part of their roles as technology subject matter experts.
Office and title Continuing members
Office of Information Technology: Vice President and CIO Sasi Pillay
Office of Information Technology: Deputy CIO Jim McKinney
Office of Information Technology: Director of Cyberinfrastructure TBD
Office of Information Technology: Director, User Services Ben Roelofs
Office of Information Technology: Interim CISO Brandon Guilbe
Office of Information Technology: Accessibility Manager Shiva Pourgholaminejad
Office of Information Technology: UTC Administrative Support Tammy Cushway
Office of Digital Learning: Executive Director Ed Huffman
Provost Office: Office of Online Learning Carley Ries

Council leadership and campus collaboration

The Council is co-chaired by two representatives from the UTC, one from an academic unit and one from an administrative unit, chosen at the April meeting to serve the following academic year.

Members of the UTC serve on other university committees as appropriate, including:

  • Student Technology Fee (STF) Advisory Committee: Two (2) members of the UTC are selected annually to serve as voting members of the STF Advisory Committee.
  • Cyberinfrastructure Committee (CiC): Either one member of the UTC serves on both the CiC and UTC, or a member of the CiC attends UTC meetings as liaison to report on CiC activities monthly.

Meeting information

The UTC meets generally on the fourth Tuesday of August, September, October, November, January, February, March, and April at 11 a.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union. However, changes may occur; the meetings for the 2023/24 academic year are scheduled for:

  • October 24, 2023
  • November 28, 2023
  • January 23, 2024
  • February 27, 2024
  • April 2, 2024
  • April 30, 2024

Agendas and minutes are available through the Office of Information Technology. To request a copy of the agendas and minutes, or to add agenda items to meetings of the UTC, contact the UTC Coordinator, Tammy Cushway, by the third Tuesday of the month.

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