Chico State appoints new vice president of information technology

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Chico State announced Monique Sendze as its first vice president of information technology and chief information officer.

Sendze is currently Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Colorado Schools of Mines, where she is responsible for all aspects of technology architecture, security, and integration, and ensuring that Technology investments support the strategic imperatives and priorities of the university. Among her many accomplishments at Mines, she navigated the university through the difficult shift from in-person to online/hybrid learning. And she led many other initiatives to innovate and improve campus operations in support of faculty, students, and staff.

Monique Sendze

In 2021, Sendze was named a finalist for the Colorado CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. Additionally, she led Mines Information & Technology Solutions in efforts to create a culture of belonging through open roundtables on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Technology, now more than ever, touches every aspect of our university’s priorities and plays a critical role in our ability to educate our students,” said Gayle Hutchinson, President of Chico State. “We are thrilled to have someone with Dr. Sendze’s depth of experience in educational information technology joining Chico State.”

Prior to joining Mines, Sendze served as director of information technology at the Johnson County (Kansas) and Douglas County (Colorado) libraries, chief operating officer, and director of technology and of Innovation at the Tulsa County Library in Oklahoma, and Director of Technology Strategy at The Library Corporation, a systems automation software development company.

“I am thrilled to join the very talented team at Chico State, to learn from and work alongside them to advance the vision that leadership has set forth in service to our students and the communities we serve,” said Sendze said.

Sendze holds a Ph.D. in Education, Organizational Leadership, and Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University and a Masters in Information Technology Management from Colorado Technical University; and a BA in English from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon.

She will begin her new role at Chico State on March 7.

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