Associate Provost, Chief Information Officer
Justin McKenzie was appointed Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Winston-Salem State University in 2011. As Chief Information Officer, McKenzie directs information technology strategy and operations across the entire academic, administrative and research enterprise. His responsibilities encompass server infrastructure, networks, desktops, applications, telephony, ERP and cyber security.
Prior to his appointment at WSSU, he served as associate vice president and chief information officer of information technology at the Florida Institute of Technology where he orchestrated a massive overhaul of its research higher performance computing environment along with making significant enhancements to the student computing environment and its wireless infrastructure. A skilled technology leader, he has extensive experience working with organizations such as IBM, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Ellucian, Oracle, Microsoft and Cisco. McKenzie has also been involved in numerous collaborative technology projects, such as with Virginia Tech, Rutgers and MIT.
In 2009, McKenzie was voted as one of the most influential IT professional in the US and was also ranked as one of the Top 100 CIO’s in Higher Education. McKenzie was also identified as one of Top 50 IT leaders to watch by the Cambridge Institute of IT Executives in 2010.
McKenzie serves on several boards, including the University of North Carolina CIO Shared Alliance
Board, the National Information Technology Association and the US Information Technology Compliance Council. McKenzie is very active in the community and serves as a mentor to college and high school students interested in pursuing careers in information technology.
McKenzie earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from William Carey University. His research interests include technology commercialization, organizational development and technology leadership development.