PillayPULLMAN, Wash.  – Sasi K. Pillay, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Wisconsin System, today was named Washington State University’s Vice President for Information Technology Services and CIO.

Daniel J. Bernardo, interim president of WSU, said Pillay will strategically manage the continuing development of WSU’s multi-campus IT infrastructure in supporting the evolving computing, communications and research needs of WSU students, faculty and staff.

“Dr. Pillay is an experienced and innovative leader who comes to WSU from a university system which is comprised of 26 campuses, serving over 180,000 students and nearly 40,000 faculty and staff,” Bernardo said. “He has a proven history of working collaboratively and strategically across large academic and research enterprises to provide cost-effective, innovative, mission-enabling services.”

Pillay received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University before earning both a master’s degree and doctorate in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a master’s degree in in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen to be the next VP of IT Services and CIO at WSU,” Pillay said.  “I thank Dr. Bernardo and the search committee for making this opportunity possible.  I intend to work collaboratively to address the IT needs of students, faculty and staff by working on capabilities that advance teaching, learning, research and outreach at WSU.”

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Pillay served for 15 years as the CIO of the John H. Glenn Research Center located in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a distributed and de-centralized computing environment, similar to WSU in that it is focused on conducting research and development. The Center employs more than 3,500 people, a majority of whom are engaged in developing technologies that support the scientific research and the exploration mission of NASA. Later, as NASA’s Chief Technology Officer he advocated for the development and introduction of new IT technologies and innovations to cost-effectively advance NASA’s mission.

Pillay will report to Interim President Bernardo and begin his new position on a fulltime basis in January 2016.


Robert Strenge, WSU News, 509-335-3583, rstrenge@wsu.edu