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Joe Gargiulo

Joe Gargiulo

Mr. Gargiulo started his career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1979. He spent eight years there, progressing through their Systems Engineer Development (SED) Program and becoming a Systems Manager supporting customers in the health care industry. He then spent the next eleven years at Fidelity Investments progressing to Vice President, managing a team of 80 software developers responsible for various systems focused on customer data and analytics (big data before its time).

Joe began his career at SMU in 1998 and has served as SMU’s Chief Information Officer since 2008. He began his career at SMU initially managing the Y2K efforts and then the legacy systems to PeopleSoft conversions; he also assisted with the SMU Libraries’ system conversion to Voyager. Mr. Gargiulo has worked very closely with the academic and administrative units across campus to support their technology needs, highlighted by a Commendation from the Faculty Senate in 2004. In the 2005 ITS reorganization, he was appointed Executive Director of Administrative Computing, responsible for Administrative Systems Training, Software Applications, Systems, Telecommunications, and User Services. He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2009.

He has been a member of the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) Board for almost 10 years and a member of their Executive Committee for 6 years, acting as Chairman of the Board in 2015. This experience has allowed him to network closely with the other LEARN Board CIO’s from 40 other Texas colleges and universities. LEARN provides advanced network services for research, education, healthcare and economic development throughout Texas and is the connector to Internet2.

Throughout his employment at SMU, Joe has seen the University’s technology requirements evolve and grow significantly. This past year has been an especially transformative one for OIT and the University at large. As part of the Operational Excellence IT Shared Services initiative, Joe led the department through a consolidation and streamlining process that allowed OIT to become even more agile and responsive to the University community.

Mr. Gargiulo served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Plymouth Rock (LSD-29).

Mr. Gargiulo received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management Information Systems) from Old Dominion University. He graduated magna cum laude and was selected Outstanding MIS Senior.