About ITS

Our Mission

The mission of Information Technology Services is to support and facilitate the use of technology in creating, communicating, and applying knowledge, fostering communication and collaboration, promoting efficiency and convenience in University services, and ensuring security and business continuity.

ITS Leadership

Opinder BawaOpinder Bawa, MBA
Chief Information Officer | Vice President of Information Technology
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Opinder is responsible for university-wide oversight and advancement of technology. In delivering these services, the CIO collaborates with executives, the board of trustees, university leadership, faculty, staff, and students focusing on technology and innovation in research, teaching, learning and administration. 

David KirmseDavid Kirmse, MBA
Associate Vice President | Director of Educational Technology Services
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David leads the Educational Technology Services team, supporting the university's Education Technology strategy. In managing these services, the AVP collaborates with college and administrative stakeholders, focusing on delivering solutions which address academic, business and technology needs.

Srini NavaneethanSrini Navaneethan
Associate Vice President | Director of Technology Services
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Srini is responsible for planning the University's business and academic technology needs. Working in collaboration with ITS and university leadership, he works to ensure we continue to have a robust roadmap as well as refine our engagements with business and academic unit leaders, supporting their priorities with technology.

Carol CookCarol Cook, MBA
Senior Director of Finance & Administration
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Carol oversees the accounting and financial management of department budgets including enterprise projects within the ITS division. She also supports the CIO with the division’s strategic planning, asset procurement and audit as well as managing vendor contracts and human resources.

Nick RecchiaNicholas Recchia, EdD
Information Security Officer | Director of Information Security & Compliance
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Nick manages the security group and oversees related programs, which strives to protect USF’s technology and university data resources, as well as cyber security. He is responsible for establishing policies, processes & USF's security framework, measuring security health & risk mitigation as well as oversees vulnerability remediation.

Manuel RuizManuel Ruiz III
Director of Infrastructure
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Manny is responsible for the emerging architecture of the infrastructure at USF and the transitioning of technology from former architecture to current standard. He oversees the advancement and support of enterprise systems, email and network security initiatives, wired and wireless network engineering, and university computing and storage solutions.

Trigby PereaTrigby Perea
Director of Application Services
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Trigby supervises the programming team and application administrators. He brings extensive experience managing technical teams at various organizations both in the commercial and nonprofit space. He has deep expertise delivering a wide variety of technology solutions, ranging from application deployments, ERP and CRM systems, and 24/7 operational production support.

Nikki WrightNikki Wright
Director of Client Support Services
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Nikki oversees the ITS eStore, Computer Refresh program, ITS Service Learning, Hardware and Software computing standards, Office Moves, Adds and Changes, Service Management, Computer Donation Program, ITS emergency communication and focuses on the overall continuous improvement of all front line services.

John BansavichJohn Bansavich, EdD
Director of Instructional Technology & Training
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John oversees the Technology Training program for faculty and staff, including administration of LinkedIn Learning. He also oversees ETS programs that support the advancement of educational technology, including the Innovative Teaching with Technology Faculty Awards, faculty summer Intensive program, Tech Certificate, and lunchtime tech talks.

Gus CabezasGustavo Cabezas III
Associate Director of Client Support Services
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Gus is responsible for IT support, asset management, and desktop engineering. He is also responsible for the measuring, publishing and accounting for the utilization and procurement of critical ITS hardware/software resources.

Larry MontagnaLarry Montagna
Associate Director of Learning Spaces Engineering & Media Services
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Larry oversees the design, installation, support, and maintenance of Smart Classrooms and AV installations at USF. Learning Spaces Engineering manages the Echo360 lecture capture system for record classes, lectures, and personal captures. He also manages the Media Services department, whose services include digital AV recordings of classes and events, and AV media conversions.

Susan ZolezziSusan Zolezzi
Associate Director of Instructional Design
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Susan oversees strategic initiatives to promote online, hybrid and technology assisted education at USF. Susan co-chairs the Provost Office's Student Hybrid Experience Advisory Board and is a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. She also teaches USF 101, a first-year course for USF undergrads and serves as the University Quality Matters Coordinator.

Anne YumangAnne Yumang
Assistant to the Vice President & CIO
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Anne manages the Vice President’s schedule, coordinates the logistics for division-wide meetings and events, and provides general administrative support to the division.