Christopher W. Wessells
Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer
Chris Wessells has served as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at the University of San Diego since March of 2006. Mr. Wessells has led transformation of all forms of technology at USD, including computing, networking, telecommunications, academic and instructional technology as well as enterprise administrative and academic systems. He oversees a staff of 92 IT professionals at the University of San Diego. Mr. Wessells has also served as Interim University Librarian in 2010.
Before his tenure at USD, he was Interim Vice Provost of Information Services and Interim Dean of Libraries at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to that, he served as Assistant CIO at URI and he was Information Technology Director at the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. Early in his career Chris Wessells was worked for Bank of America as a Systems Engineer and at various engineering companies.
Colleagues have described him as a product of academia: born at Yale University, raised at Stanford University, and educated at the University of California, Davis (BS 1982) and Montana State University (MS 1984). His initial career followed traditional programming and systems engineering work in private industry and in academia. Since 2000 his career has progressed to serving as a strategic leader of technology, IT professionals, and major initiatives in support of institutional goals and objectives.
Mr. Wessells served on the Higher Education CIO Advisory Board for AT&T Mobility; he serves on the Advisory Board for Aruba Networks and Ellucian; and assists in advising and marketing efforts at Ellucian in Latin America. He received the 2009 San Diego Information Technology Executive of the Year Award sponsored by Cox Communications and the San Diego Business Journal. He has served on regional and state boards (including OSHEAN, Ocean State Higher education, Economic development, and So Cal Higher Education CIO Alliance).