Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker announced he has hired Emory University Deputy Chief Information Officer Brett Coryell as NIU’s first-ever CIO and vice president for Information Technology. Coryell will oversee the university’s information technology infrastructure and will report directly to the president as a member of his cabinet.
“Brett’s skill set and experience in improving IT functions and integrating technological resources from across the university will serve him well at NIU,” said NIU President Doug Baker. “I expect that he will hit the ground running in an effort to set up the university’s new data warehouse.”
At Emory, Coryell oversaw the University Technology Services Division, which consolidated the functions of academic and administrative IT and network communications. There he earned a repution for making IT operations more efficient through improved project and service management.
Prior to his seven years of service at Emory, Coryell was executive director and deputy CIO for IT at Purdue University.
Before Purdue, Coryell held senior management positions at Sprint, where he helped direct its consulting organization, participated in the introduction of new mobile devices and oversaw IT domains ranging from application development to infrastructure.
Coryell holds a B.S. in physics from Purdue and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia.