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Brian T. Nichols (Louisiana State University)

Brian T. Nichols
Chief Information Officer

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Brian T. Nichols serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Louisiana State University (LSU). As CIO, Nichols leads the Information Technology Services (ITS) organization and is responsible for enterprise information systems, networking and infrastructure, research IT enablement, user support services, and student IT enablement. In addition, he leads the Office of the 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 oversight 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.

Nichols also serves as Executive Director for Administrative Services and Risk Management at LSU. He is responsible for the organizational planning, budgeting, and administration for Risk Management, Parking and Transportation Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Financial Systems Services. In this role, he monitors and validates risk measurement and valuation methodologies to ensure the alignment of risk management capabilities with the strategic direction of the institution, maintains a program for identifying, assessing, reducing, monitoring, and reporting key business risks, and is establishing an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. Nichols is a member of the LSU Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Executive Committee, and serves as chair of the Enterprise Systems Task Force, responsible for charting a path for information systems at the University.

Nichols has over 15-years of experience serving in a variety of leadership positions in higher education, including IT security and policy, operations and production services, application development, information systems, user support, telecommunication, internal audit, disaster recovery, and risk management.

Nichols holds a BS in Microbiology and a Masters of Management Information Systems (MIS) from LSU. 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), CRMA (Certified in Risk Management Assurance), and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certifications. Nichols was a member of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (formerly the Security Task Force), and is involved in various other efforts in the higher education community, including EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NACUBO, and URMIA. He was a member of the 2008 Frye Leadership Institute.

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