Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has announced Robert T. Seniors as chief information officer (CIO)/associate vice president Information Technology Services (AVP ITS) effective Friday, June 25. In his new role, Seniors, who had served previously as CIO, will report directly to President Robinson.
“Robert Seniors has been immersed in information technology at FAMU for more than two decades,” Robinson said. “He brings to this role a depth of experience and expertise necessary as we continue to address the challenges and opportunities in information technology from cybersecurity to virtual delivery of educational and other services. Over the last year, his contributions to helping the students, faculty and staff as the University transitioned to remote instruction and cannot be overstated.”
A computer science graduate of FAMU, Seniors first joined the University in 1997 as a coordinator of technology in the then-School of General Studies. The following year, he moved to the Office of University Planning and Analysis as a specialist of computer systems control. After a stint as director of technology, Seniors was promoted to vice president for Information Technology and CIO in 2007.
Since 2011, Seniors has served as the associate director for Instructional Technology, where he helps facilitate the academic technological needs of faculty, staff and students. In that position, Seniors played a key role in helping the University rapidly transition to 100 percent remote instruction at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic during spring break 2020. The task included ensuring faculty, students and staff had the technology, training and 24-7 support to move to successfully move to remote learning.
Seniors said he wants to continue to “provide the highest level of services to the FAMUly, specifically to our students faculty, staff and alumni.”
“It’s an exciting time to be a Rattler. I am looking forward to providing a world class infrastructure, enhance our mobile computing capabilities and continue to form strategic partnerships with leaders in the tech industry to provide a pathway for our students, specifically those in the STEM disciplines,” Seniors said. “We want them to have access to those unique opportunities. We must develop our partnership with Google and cultivate a relationship. We are now at the table.”
As part of the announcement, Ronald Henry II has been named associate director Instructional Technology in the Division of Academic Affairs. Henry had served as AVP ITS/CIO in the Division of Finance and Administration.