Karlis J. Kaugars

Chief Information Officer, SUNY Oneonta



Serving as CIO since 2011, Karlis leads the IT Services area of SUNY Oneonta.  He supports the mission and goals of both SUNY Oneonta and SUNY through the development, deployment and integration of information technology to advance the mission of the College.  Responsibilities include oversight of operations, strategic planning, personnel and financial management and planning.  He is responsible for reporting, metrics and key performance indicators for IT as well as the execution of regular assessments of user feedback and communication of the future of IT services on campus. Learn more about IT at SUNY Oneonta at http://www.oneonta.edu/its.

Credentials and Experience:

Karlis earned his B.A. in Computer Science from Kalamazoo College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.  He has worked in higher education in the IT support realm since earning his B.A. at a variety of research institutions. Prior to joining SUNY Oneonta, he served for 13 years as a faculty member in Computer Science and five years as the Director of IT and Facilities for the College of Engineering at Western Michigan University.


Karlis is the author or co-author of over 25 peer-reviewed articles in Computer Science, has been awarded over $1M in grants as either PI or co-PI, and served as a reviewer and co-editor for a number of publications in Computer Science.  He was recently featured in the EDUCAUSE CIO minute at: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/cio-minute-greater-professional-empathy.

Leadership and Honors:

Karlis is currently the vice-chair of the SUNY CCIO.  He has participated in both the EDUCAUSE Institute Leadership Program and Learning Technology Leadership Program as well as a number of Faculty Leadership seminars.  He was awarded the 2010 outstanding service award from the College of Engineering at Western Michigan University, and has earned a series of other service and teaching awards during his time as a faculty member.