Veteran IT Manager David Crain Named CIO of UT Dallas

David Crain

UT Dallas President David E. Daniel has named David Crain vice president for information resources and chief information officer for the University.

Crain has 17 years of experience in information technology management, including senior leadership positions at both the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University, where he currently serves as chief information officer (CIO).

Crain will report to President Daniel and will be responsible for the overall leadership of UT Dallas’ Information Resources function and staff. Offices within the unit include architecture and infrastructure services, enterprise application services, networking and telecommunication services, and technology customer service.

“The role of CIO is an increasingly complex one at major research universities such as UT Dallas,” Daniel said. “David Crain is a seasoned veteran in the academic information enterprise and knows how to address the needs of students, staff members and faculty. I am especially impressed by the fact that he not only knows how to address and solve problems, but he has a proven track record of doing so in a collaborative and collegial way that is valued and appreciated by colleagues.

“I am looking forward to working with Mr. Crain and with continuing the outstanding work of our dedicated Information Resources team,” Daniel said.

Dr. Andrew Blanchard, dean of undergraduate education, has served as the vice president for IR and CIO at UT Dallas since 2012. Blanchard will continue in the IR position on an interim basis until Crain’s appointment begins in the spring.

At Southern Illinois University, Crain has been responsible for all aspects of information technology on campus. He has spearheaded nationally recognized, award-winning technology initiatives aimed at improving student success and retention. He also encouraged the faculty adoption of technology in the classroom and initiated efforts to assist faculty members with their technology needs, both in the classroom and in support of research. Crain’s position at Southern Illinois oversees more than 100 full-time staff and more than 200 student employees and graduate assistants.

Before joining Southern Illinois University, Crain held technology leadership positions at the University of Missouri. As an assistant vice president, he was responsible for all technology infrastructure at the University of Missouri System and its flagship campus in Columbia. His major accomplishments included developing a statewide fiber network for education and research, implementing a private “cloud” for the university and adopting systemwide shared services. He also created consolidated purchasing programs and implemented other cost-cutting initiatives that saved the university more than $20 million over a five-year period.

Crain earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science, and a master’s degree in information systems. He has written articles for several outlets, including InformationWeek, Campus Technology and CIO Review, and he presents regularly at technology and education conferences. Crain is chairman of the Illinois Partnership to Advance Technology in Higher Education.

“I’m very impressed by the leadership and direction of UT Dallas, and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Crain said.  “The amount of growth that the University is experiencing is phenomenal. This type of growth brings a lot of challenges but also a lot of opportunity in the field of technology. I believe that the University is well-positioned to become one of the premier technological institutions in the country.”