Henry Torres Named ASU System's First VP of IT, CIO

Henry Torres Named ASU System's First VP of IT, CIO
Henry Torres (Arkansas State University)

Henry Torres has been named the inaugural vice president for information technology and chief information officer for the Arkansas State University System.

Creating greater synergies among campus networks and achieving additional cost savings through enterprise-scale contracts is one of the primary goals of establishing the new position within the system, the system said.

“One of the recommendations of our recent Accelerate ASU study by Huron Consulting Group was to seek out opportunities for both efficiency and savings,” System President Chuck Welch said in a news release. “As an example of one of those perfect opportunities, Henry has been leading our systemwide effort to bring all of our ASU System campuses into the same Enterprise Resource Platform for student records and financial software called Banner. It will give us both savings and greater ability to coordinate when students want to transfer among our member universities.”

Torres serves as assistant vice chancellor and chief information officer, and he will continue to serve in that role for A-State with his primary office location on the Jonesboro campus. He joined A-State in February 2013.

Before becoming administrator of Information and Technology Services, Torres was a faculty member and lecturer in the Neil Griffin College of Business. He started teaching at A-State in 2002 and became a full-time member with the college as the director of the Interactive Teaching Technology Center in November 2007.

Previously, he was director of tech startup Rural Sourcing and an information technology executive working with brands that included Walmart, Sam’s Club and Neiman-Marcus.

Torres earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, his master’s from Henderson State University and is completing his PhD in business information systems at Kennesaw State University.