ITS Names New Assistant Vice Chancellors
Sandra Germenis joined ITS on September 1 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for User Support & Engagement. She arrived at Carolina after more than a decade at the University of Texas at Austin. Germenis replaced Priscilla Alden, who retired in January after 9 ½ years as AVC and 15 years overall with the University.
Dennis Schmidt joined ITS as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure & Operations on September 8. He worked at Carolina’s School of Medicine for nearly 18 years. Schmidt replaced Stan Waddell, who left in April to serve as Chief Information Officer at the University of New Hampshire.
In Germenis’ most recent role, she served as Director of IT Customer Support Services at UT Austin. She was responsible for overall operations of that university’s central IT Help Desk, which handles more than 111,000 in-bound customer contacts per year. She previously served as the Associate Director for Networking and Telecommunications, where she was responsible for five functional units of ITS Networking and Telecommunications – Telecom Services, DAS, Assignment Office, Multimedia, Building Security Operations and the ITS Warehouse.
“Sandra’s diverse IT and management background will be a great addition to the ITS senior management team,” said ITS CIO Chris Kielt. “I’m confident that she will provide strong leadership as the User Support & Engagement group builds upon its recent growth and successes.”
Schmidt joins ITS as a “valued and respected member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community for nearly two decades,” Kielt said.
“Dennis has a proven track record of strong leadership and cross-organizational collaboration,” Kielt added. “He has been a key partner for ITS on many projects and initiatives during his time at the University.”
In his role at the School of Medicine, Schmidt was directly responsible for customer support, system administrations, classroom services, applications development, Web development and more. Most recently, Schmidt has focused on IT security, including the migration of the School of Medicine network behind a hardware firewall – a complex multi-year project that is nearly completed.