The MIT News Office reports that John Charles has been appointed as MIT’s new vice president for information systems and technology, effective Jan. 1. The announcement came in an email from executive vice president and treasurer Israel Ruiz.
Charles brings more than 20 years of experience as an IT leader, serving both public and private institutions. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Prior to CENIC, he was chief information officer at California State University, East Bay, for 15 years. Before that, he served as director of IT systems, integration, infrastructure, and development at Harvard University.
He has the vision and intellect needed to support MIT’s mission
"I am thrilled to have John as a key member of our senior management team,” Ruiz wrote in his email. “He has the vision and intellect needed to support MIT’s mission today with excellence in technology services and streamlined user experiences for the MIT community.”
“As VP, Charles will lead the IS&T organization in implementing a shared technology vision crafted together with faculty, staff and students in support of MIT’s education, research, and administrative programs,” Ruiz added. “Working with the Information Technology Governance Committee, he will also be a key contributor to the development of information technology policy at MIT.”
“MIT has a remarkable history of advancing its strategic goals through innovation and the effective uses of technology,” Charles said, “so it’s an extraordinary honor and opportunity for me to serve MIT and its talented IS&T organization in this leadership capacity.”
Charles succeeds Marilyn Smith, who headed IS&T from 2009 until earlier this year.