Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen, following approval from the BYU Board of Trustees, has appointed Tracy Flinders as vice president of information technology and chief information officer. His responsibilities will extend across the Church Educational System.
Flinders replaces Kelly Flanagan, who is the new vice president of digital transformation and chief information officer at Utah Valley University.
Flinders appointment is effective immediately. Prior to the appointment, he had been serving as BYU's chief Information security officer and chief privacy officer, responsible for protecting the university's information and providing security services to BYU, BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii.
“As a seasoned executive leader in the IT industry, Tracy is well qualified to direct our technological areas,” said Worthen “He has provided a firm IT security foundation for the university and prepared the campus community well for inevitable security incidents.”
In expressing his gratitude to Flanagan, Worthen said, “Kelly provided remarkable leadership to the university both as IT vice president and CIO and as a tenured professor. His keen understanding of technology and education benefited not only BYU students but also learners worldwide.”
As BYU's CISO, Flinders helped establish and manage a cybersecurity program for the university and created the CES Security Operations Center.
Top tech company IDG recently honored the CES security team with its CSO50 award, noting the outstanding business value and thought leadership demonstrated in BYU's security operations center, projects and initiatives.
Flinders holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from BYU, where he also played on the men’s baseball team.