Vanderbilt University has looked in-house for its next chief information officer (CIO) and has tapped Shane Callahan for the role.

Prior to his new position, Callahan was the university’s first chief information security officer since January 2022.

As CIO, Callahan will be responsible for the coordination of the information technology function across the university. Vanderbilt said the CIO is tasked with providing strategic and operational leadership throughout the enterprise in all aspects of IT planning.

“Shane is a great choice for this role because of the proven, steady leadership that he’s already demonstrated as Vanderbilt’s inaugural chief information security officer. His strong technical expertise coupled with demonstrated commitment to the university and its mission make him ideally suited to lead Vanderbilt into the future,” said Brett Sweet, vice chancellor for finance, information technology and chief financial officer.

Callahan will also work with stakeholders across the university and serve as an expert adviser to senior management to develop, implement, and maintain enterprise-wide information security technologies, compliance policies and disaster recovery measures. He will also continue his work with the university’s IT team to enhance the university’s cybersecurity posture, modernize the data warehouse, support the university’s AI efforts, and provide streamlined support to faculty, staff, and students.

“I’m pleased to continue the work we are doing at Vanderbilt University to plan an institutional technology roadmap,” Callahan said. “We have an excellent team and I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished so far, as well as excited to start the work we have ahead of us.”

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