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UTA chief information officer named CIO of the year finalist

Thursday, December 1, 2016 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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Jeffery Neyland, UTA’s vice president for information technology, has been named a finalist for CIO of the Year Award in the nonprofit sector by the Dallas CIO Leadership Association.

Jeffery Neyland

Jeffery Neyland, UTA chief information officer

Neyland is one of five finalists in that sector.

Neyland said he is honored to have been selected.

“I’m humbled in being considered for the award alongside so many other outstanding CIOs,” Neyland said. “All of these finalists represent men and women who have made substantial differences in their fields and their communities.”

Kelly Davis, UTA chief financial officer and vice president, said Neyland has instituted a number of information technology updates across campus during the last year.

“Under Jeff’s leadership, the IT team at UTA has implemented an updated strategy, properly aligned the organization’s structure to support a growing urban public research university and strengthened relationships on campus,” Davis said. “Jeff and his team are transforming the IT experience on our campus with a focus on improved efficiencies, strategic investments and improved services to our campus.”

In addition, Neyland has worked with the UT System to integrate some of the system’s new programs. Neyland also has forged strong alliances with key business partners, including UT System’s Shared Information Systems group in Irving to make sure UTA leverages talent and budget.

Another strength of Neyland is in empowering his people to become proactive in answering users’ needs.

“I really just helped release the talent we have on the information technology team and supplemented that with structure and additional, needed skills,” Neyland said. “We want to put people in a position to succeed. We are building a solid foundation of people and practices to make sure we meet the needs of all the people we provide service to – students, faculty, research and administration.” 

There are many current significant projects in flight, including:

  • The full replacement of the campus network with Juniper equipment.
  • The installation of a secondary data center on campus in case of loss of service at the primary location.
  • The improvement in efficiencies in the use of financial and student systems

Two other projects that will have a major impact on improving service are governance and implementation of ServiceNow. Governance gives full voice to all technology users on future investments. ServiceNow simplifies requesting information technology services creating a one stop process.

The Dallas CIO of the Year® Awards, with support from The Dallas Business Journal, DFW SIM, Pariveda Solutions and Advocate will highlight the untold stories of local chief information officers and how they are shaping their industries and changing the world through technological innovation and strategic leadership.

More than 140 nominations were received this year, and the quality of the CIOs nominated clearly demonstrates the excellence that technology leaders are providing to North Texas organizations.

The finalists will be featured in an upcoming special section of the Dallas Business Journal and honored at the CIO of the Year Awards breakfast Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Dallas. More than 350 technology professionals, media, and business leaders will attend this marquee event celebrating CIO leadership success.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at

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