Texas A&M Announces New Director Of Information Technology For Student Affairs
Texas A&M University has named Darvis Griffin as director of information technology (IT) for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) and assistant chief information officer for the university. In this role, Griffin will provide strategic leadership for the Department of IT within the division as well as IT strategy in alignment with the DSA mission and the university’s strategic plan. Griffin is a 1998 graduate of the university.
“My oldest brother, who is also a Texas A&M graduate, brought me to Aggieland when I was making a decision on which university to attend,” he said. “I knew from the moment I stepped onto this campus that I would be an Aggie and my time as a student gave me some of the best memories of my life. I am grateful to have the opportunity to return to Texas A&M with the Division of Student Affairs to support and enhance the student experience. I am embarking on what I believe to be the most pivotal and impactful journey of my career.”
Griffin brings 20 years of experience implementing technology initiatives to support academic and business goals. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he served as assistant superintendent and chief technology officer at Waco Independent School District (WISD), where he directed management of data, systems and network infrastructure for more than 17,000 end-users at 27 campuses. His responsibilities also included professional development, learning management systems, instructional technology, security policy, IT governance and strategic planning.
During his time in WISD, Griffin supervised the construction of a new network operations facility and the successful relocation of the data center. He also supervised a complete overhaul of the district’s wireless infrastructure and coordinated the upgrade from analog phone systems to VoIP digital telephony. In addition, he served as the cybersecurity coordinator for the district.
Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on management information systems from Texas A&M. Later he completed a master’s degree in information security and assurance. He also has Department of Defense cybersecurity certificates from Western Governors University (WGU) in Austin and is completing a second master’s degree in business administration at WGU.
His career includes work teaching high school technology courses and various IT positions in higher education, including Collin Community College, Texas A&M Health Science Center and the University of Texas at Austin. He also has worked as a consultant for businesses and state agencies, including the Texas Education Agency.
“The Division of Student Affairs’ IT group provides a key service to more than 600 employees working in 17 departments ranging from Recreational Sports to Student Activities,” said Cynthia Hernandez, associate vice president for student affairs. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Griffin back to Aggieland and look forward to the experience, talent, and knowledge he adds to our team.”
Griffin is a member of several professional organizations including the Project Management Institute, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Computer Education Association and International Society for Technology in Education.
Griffin replaces David Sweeney, who directed the student affairs IT group for 13 years before accepting a position as chief information officer for the Texas Transportation Institute in College Station. Anthony Schneider, who has been with the department for 18 years, served as interim director for the past seven months. The Department of IT in Student Affairs includes 30 budgeted staff members and 20 student employees.