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Paige Francis

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer - University of Tulsa

Paige Francis, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, is a strategic and performance-focused executive with 15+ years of innovative, energetic technology leadership across a variety of industries. Ms. Francis is an expert in defining and implementing strategic priorities for applying technology in any environment, rallying consensus, fostering teamwork and collaboration, and creating a constant learning environment at the pace of technology. She is a motivational and nationally recognized leader known for clearly defining mission and goals, aligning people and resources, and consistently delivering results that exceed expectations.

Ms. Francis entered higher education technology leadership a decade ago and has served as CIO or within the CIO Office within the trifecta: a large, innovative community college, a northeast corridor private liberal arts college and a public R1 institution experience. She has now settled into her optimum environment—a top-rated research institution with strong core values supporting lifelong learners. Prior to entering academia, Ms. Francis served as a technology leader for Thomson-Reuters and Dave & Buster’s Corporate Office, both within the DFW region.

Ms. Francis is a 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, a continuously named Huffington Post Top 50 Most Social CIO, and routinely provides content for InformationWeek, University Business, and eCampus News.

Ms. Francis holds a master’s in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix and bachelor’s in communication from University of Arkansas.