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Brian T. Nichols (Louisiana State University)

Brian T. Nichols
Associate Vice President for Administration and IT/Chief Information Officer

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Brian T. Nichols serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) for Administration and Information Technology (IT) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Louisiana State University (LSU). In this capacity, he has leadership and responsibility for the state-wide operations of LSU and all of its campuses as well as direct responsibilities for the state's flagship institution of higher education. These duties primarily include executive-level planning, implementation, and assessment of administrative and IT strategies, policies, and practices. In addition, Nichols provides technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the enterprise-wide IT program. As such, he serves as the chief advisor to the President, Executive Vice President & Provost, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO, executive staff, and the Board of Supervisors on all IT matters.

Nichols leads the Information Technology Services (ITS) organization and is responsible for university information systems, networking and infrastructure, research IT enablement, user support services and student IT enablement. In addition, he leads the Office of the AVP/CIO, which is responsible for IT finance and human resources, IT policy and security, communications and planning, and liaison services to student and faculty communities. Nichols portfolio includes supervision of the Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) initiative and oversight of operations for the Louisiana Optical Networking Initiative (LONI), a regional optical network and grid computing environment for use by researchers in Louisiana and their partners nationally/globally.

In addition, Nichols manages organizational planning, budgeting, and administration for Risk Management, Parking and Transportation Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Financial Systems Services. In this role, he provides leadership in the development and implementation of high quality business processes, and monitors/validates risk measurement and valuation methodologies to ensure the alignment of risk management capabilities with the strategic direction of LSU.

Prior to his current role, Nichols served over 15-years in a variety of leadership positions in higher education, including Interim CIO, Executive Director of Administrative Services and Risk Management, Chief Information Technology (IT) Security and Policy Officer, and in other leadership roles in such areas as administration and finance, operations, application development, information systems, user support, audit, disaster recovery, and telecommunications.

Nichols holds a BS and a Masters of MIS from the LSU Ourso College of Business Administration. He holds key security certifications, including a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) in addition to the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certifications. He is involved in various other efforts in the higher education community, including EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NACUBO, and URMIA. Nichols was a member of the 2008 Frye Leadership Institute.

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