Profile: Jinx P. Walton, CIO
Jinx P. Walton
University of Pittsburgh
728 Cathedral of Learning
As Chief Information Officer, Jinx Walton is responsible for the development, implementation, and delivery of technology services that support the academic, business, and research missions of the University of Pittsburgh across its five campuses.
Walton became the Director of Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) in October 2000. Since then, she has focused on the strategic implementation of technology to further the goals of the institution and to support the efforts of more than 35,000 students and more than 13,000 faculty and staff.
A few highlights of those computing services include:
- Pitt's secure and reliable network infrastructure;
- a state-of-the-art Network Operations Center that maintains 24x7 monitoring for central and departmental servers;
- a Data Warehouse that enables University administrators to access a consistent set of key data points for strategic assessment and planning;
- campus-wide wireless service that provides coverage in all of Pitt's classrooms, as well as other common areas;
- software licensing and software packages made available to students, faculty, staff, and departments at little to no cost; and
- the my.pitt portal used by staff, faculty, and students for single sign-on delivery of a broad range of web-based University applications and services.
Projects developed by Pitt's Computing Services have been recognized with awards from InfoWorld and Computerworld.
In 2007, Jinx Walton received the Pittsburgh CIO of the Year award; in 2010, she was named one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT leaders. She serves as the University's representative on the Board of Directors of the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) and is on the governing body of the Pittsburgh CIO Executive Summit.