Author - Sam Segran
After an initial career as a flight crew member in the International Airline industry, Sam Segran joined the Information Technology field in 1985 and has been active in this field for over 30 years. He has been the Chief Information Officer for Texas Tech University since 2003. Trained in several fields, he holds current certifications in IT Service Delivery, Security Leadership, and Legal Issues in Information Technology. He holds an MIS degree and an MBA from Texas Tech.
As CIO, he has championed the advancement of TTU’s teaching, research, and engagement mission through strategic planning, investment, and efficient use of technology; expanding the IT Division’s portfolio of services and network infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing needs of students, faculty, and staff.
In 2004, he launched a major cybersecurity awareness campaign for TTU and the regional Lubbock area community in partnership with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and the program is still active. He was one of nine council members of the Texas Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council, which was formed by the Texas Senate Bill 988 during the 82nd legislative session in 2011, and currently serves on the Texas Cybersecurity Council. He is the primary TTU representative for Educause, Internet2, and Gartner, and serves on national councils and groups, including AT&T College & University Advisory Council, Dell’s Higher Education Advisory Council, is a founding Board of Director of the Texas Lonestar Education and Research Network, a non-profit regional optical network, and is the IT Committee Chair of the Lubbock ISD’s Career and Technical Education program. One of his passions is mentoring and helping to develop future IT leaders, fostering a culture of ethics and distinction, as evidenced by a stable, highly skilled, and high-performing workforce. Another passion is in raising cybersecurity awareness among the masses; he has coached several IT leaders in this critical area. In 2012, he was recognized as the public sector’s Texas CIO of the Year by the Texas CIO Academy and Government Technology.