Harris Search Associates recruits Steve Heist as Director of Network & Communications Systems at the University at Buffalo

Harris Search Associates has recruited Steve Heist as the next The Director of Network and Communications Systems at the University at Buffalo. 

The Director of Network and Communications Systems leads the enterprise-wide network and telecommunication strategy of the three UB campuses and student dorms. The Director reports directly to the Vice President and CIO (VPCIO) and manages a team of professionals responsible for the ongoing planning, strategic design, engineering, development, and operation of network and telecommunication services required to deliver necessary features, future performance, security, and availability to support the teaching, research, and service activities of the University. He/she directs the activities necessary to keep the network infrastructure running seamlessly, efficiently, and effectively while ensuring compliance with established standards and policies. 

Mr. Heist is a seasoned technology manager with over 25 years of enterprise IT experience including strategic planning, service management and technology consulting in the higher education and commercial verticals. He has extensive experience in project management, technology architecture, design and consulting, large-scale systems integration on complex networks, enterprise service implementations and strategic organizational initiatives. Mr. Heist holds a BA and MBA from the University at Buffalo.

A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, the University at Buffalo (UB) is the largest, most comprehensive campus in the 64- campus SUNY system and an internationally renowned center for academic excellence.  Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences, and far-reaching service to local, state, national, and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university.  UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined SUNY in 1962.  In 1990, UB was the first public university in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other leading research universities. 

Harris Search Associates - an IIC Partners member firm, is a leading global executive search and board advisory consulting firm with 43 offices in 29 countries worldwide.  Our practice is focused on identifying and attracting leaders to support the growth of clients in the areas of research, science, engineering, academic medicine and commercial enterprises. Clients include the foremost universities, research parks, institutes, academic medical centers and commercial organizations driving global innovation and discovery.

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