Information Technology Leadership Team

The University of Illinois Information Technology Leadership Team (UI IT LT) is comprised of the University and System-level CIOs across the University of Illinois System. The group articulates the Information Technology strategic direction for the University of Illinois System, serves as a conduit for identifying areas where enterprise-wide policies and standards should be developed, and fosters the development of these standards. The UI IT LT also reviews, promotes, and sponsors, when applicable, information technology projects that have enterprise-wide impact. As an advisory and coordinating group, UI IT LT makes recommendations on procedures, policies, projects and the University’s strategic technology direction to the President’s Cabinet and Academic Affairs Planning Council. UT IT LT may or may not be directly responsible for implementation of policies, procedures or processes, and individual UI IT LT members may oversee implementation efforts in their own units. The UI IT LT has four working groups: Business Intelligence / Performance Management, Information Privacy and Security Compliance Council, Common Architectural Vision, and Shared Services Governance Group.

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Relationship Between UI IT LT and Campus / University Administration Governance Groups

Each major central IT group led by an individual CIO utilizes a faculty and customer-based IT governance process to identify and prioritize initiatives. Across the System, universities and central IT organizations (ACCC, AITS, Technology Services, ITS) and governance groups, SO’s Information Technology Priorities Committee, and UIC’s IT Governance Council and Administration Governance Committee intersect and collaborate to leverage diverse expertise and university resources and work in concert to support the System's mission. These relationships are depicted in the image. Please click on the image to enlarge. Please visit the IT Governance overview page for additional information regarding IT Governance at the University of Illinois System.


Subject to the provisions of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Statutes and General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, the UI IT LT responsibilities include the following:

  • Articulate the strategic technology direction of the University. *
  • Identify support and infrastructure issues that are not being adequately addressed. *
  • Evaluate University technology practices against University needs and relevant external benchmarks, for example higher education peers and industry standards.
  • Identify area where enterprise-wide standards should be developed and foster the development of these standards.
  • Develop proposals for addressing infrastructure and operational issues, identify and evaluate alternative approaches (including costs, issues of user support/training, and effectiveness evaluation).
  • Sponsor the implementation of the selected initiatives across the University.
  • Update the University IT policies on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that the UI IT LT reports annual progress related to enterprise-wide activities, such as policies, infrastructure and security.
  • Form and manage working groups as needed to develop, implement, and evaluate technical solutions proposed or approved for specific problems.


*These responsibilities and functions of the UI IT LT (referenced as UTMT) were described in a memorandum dated September 8, 1995 from the Vice President for Administration to the President.

ITLT Members

Kelly Block
Assistant Vice President of Administrative IT Services 
(System Offices)

Steven Camp
Director of IT Security and Operations 
(University of Illinois Foundation)

Mark Henderson
Chief Information Officer
(University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign)

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom
Chief Information Officer
Executive Director of Academic Computing and Communications Center
(University of Illinois - Chicago

Tulio Llosa
Director of IT Operations 
Chief Information Officer 
(University of Illinois - Springfield)

Wendy Petruzzello
Director of Business Information
(University of Illinois Alumni Association)

Audrius Polikaitis
Assistant Vice President of Health Information Technology
Chief Information Officer
(University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences)

Ilir Zenku
Assistant Vice President of Information Technology
(University of Illinois Health Affairs)

If you have any questions regarding the UI IT LT, please contact Candice Solomon-Strutz, Assistant Director for IT Planning, University of Illinois,