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Sasi Pillay Named CIO of the Year – WSU Insider

Sasi Pillay, Vice President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer, was recently named ORBIE CIO of the Year in the Enterprise category for organizations with annual revenue over $800 million. of dollars. Pillay was honored at the 2022 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards in June.

SeattleCIO is one of 25 chapters of the InspireCIO Leadership Network, a national organization comprised exclusively of CIOs from public and private companies, government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit institutions.

“Every organization depends on technology, but strong leadership is the X factor that can turn mundane IT into a remarkable strategic differentiator,” said BJ Moore, president of the SeattleCIO. “The ORBIE Awards are meaningful because they are judged by peers – CIOs who understand the challenges of technology leadership.

During the pandemic, Pillay and his ITS team have been actively involved in the deployments of Workday and the learning management system, Canvas, as well as the design and implementation of the laptop loaner program supporting the transition to distance learning and education. During this time, an individualized study plan for each WSU student was also implemented.

“WSU is fortunate to have Dr. Pillay lead the ITS,” said President Kirk Schulz. “The work he has done with his team has allowed us to improve internal processes across the system.”

Some ongoing projects include collaborating on the WSU data initiative that will make curated data more widely and securely available, transitioning the student information system from Oracle to Amazon Web Services (AWS), and redesigning IT service management to better serve WSU students, faculty, and staff.

In his previous position at NASA, Pillay received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Leadership Medal, and the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a meritorious executive of the U.S. federal government. Recently, he was also inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame.

“WSU’s technology, data and security needs are a team effort,” said Pillay. “The progress made over the past six years has required hard work from all our staff and partners across the university. This award is a recognition of all those who work together.

SeattleCIO is one of 25 chapters of the InspireCIO Leadership Network, a national organization comprised exclusively of CIOs from public and private companies, government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit institutions.