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President's Letter to the Community

Staffing Announcement: Vice President and Chief Information Officer for MIT

March 13, 2017

Dear Spelman Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome Mario Berry to Spelman as vice president and chief information officer for Media and Information Technology. He will begin his new role at Spelman on May 1, 2017. 

As CIO, Mr. Berry will provide leadership in building and supporting the College's information technology infrastructure and business processes in support of teaching and learning. He will also assume responsibility for providing training opportunities for faculty, students and staff in new technologies that enhance teaching and learning. Leading an IT organization that seamlessly integrates Spelman’s academic and enterprise functions, Mr. Berry will be responsible for deploying technology in support of our educational mission, including incorporating future innovations to enhance academic excellence. He is also tasked with using technology to better align the College’s business and operational functions in support of students, faculty and staff. 

With more than 16 years of information technology experience, including 13 in higher education, Mr. Berry has led organizational transformation through the strategic adoption and management of IT solutions, as well as navigated and resolved enterprise-level governance issues. He joins Spelman after serving as the associate vice chancellor, Enterprise Applications, at the Lone Star College System. Previously, he was executive director of technology services at several Lone Star campuses and assistant chief information officer and director of systems support at West Texas A&M University.

A native of Houston, Mr. Berry received a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from National American University while serving in the U.S. Navy. He obtained a Master of Science degree in management and computer information technology from Regis University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in educational leadership and management at Capella University. 

Technology is integral to the advancement of modern institutions. At Spelman, our goal is to make use of technology to enhance the educational enterprise, for example, converting classrooms to active learning environments; creating our Innovation Lab as a campus wide resource and makers space; implementing plans to increase the size of our computer science department; planning a facility that serves as a campus wide resource and integrates the arts more fundamentally into science and technology; and finding ways to enhance the technological skills of students, faculty and staff. 

I take this opportunity to thank Sandra Butler who has served as interim CIO, after Delores Barton's retirement. She and the MIT team have kept the Spelman campus up and running and we are most grateful for their hard work and attention to our technology environment during this interim period.

When Mr. Berry arrives in early May, he will spend his first several weeks getting to know Spelman and the technology needs of our campus constituents.  Please join me in welcoming Mr. Berry to Spelman!


Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
Spelman College