IT Governance Program - Architecture & Infrastructure Committee

Committee Profile


  • Kissee, Joshua
  • Gibson-Mainka, Sharon
The IT Architecture & Infrastructure Committee (AIC) provides input, recommendations, and architected solutions on IT infrastructure service types including the data and voice network, email, calendar and productivity tools, as well as IT infrastructure services provided at scale, such as networking, database, data center colocation, identity management, storage services, backup services, web applications, and hardware services.

The AIC produces the following outputs, including, but not limited to:

-Develop technical architectures or recommendations as prioritized by the SITC to ensure resource optimization and strategic alignment.

-Optimize the design, delivery, operation, and sourcing of University-wide IT service architectures and development of fulfillment strategies or plans to be analyzed by other ITG committees and the SITC.

-Conduct an annual review of the overall Texas A&M University IT Service Portfolio and provide recommendations to the SITC for adding, changing, and removing services with recommended changes in technical architectures and solutions.

-Develop recommendations and technical architectures for technologies as requested by the RITC, EAC, and TTLTC.

-Initiate recommendations for new or changed technical architectures or technologies during the normal course of committee function.

-Evaluate, develop, and maintain technical standards for University-wide application program interfaces and protocols in partnership with the EAC.

-Inform the SITC about existing or potential operational or technical issues as a result of new or existing technical architectures and escalate issues as appropriate.

-Evaluate the impact of proposed University and institutional data systems, infrastructure, and applications to existing resources with corollary recommendations for the retirement of existing services from a technical architecture perspective with related solutions.

Membership Selection Process:
Appointed by the Provost, Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services, Vice President for IT and CIO, Vice President and CFO, Vice President for Research, and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Meeting Times:
Monthly on the 2nd Thursday of all calendar months. Cadence is monthly as opposed to bi-monthly due to the extended scope and rich technical solution initiation and development nature. The committee will determine modifications to the meeting schedule as needed based on current activities and may elect to cancel up to 2 meetings per year, particularly near the holiday break or mid-summer term.


Position Name Contact
Academic Services IT Representative
Expires in 2019
David Kratz
Provost IT Office
Associate Vice President for IT and CTO
Expires in Permanent
Cheryl Cato
Division of Information Technology
Associate Vice President for IT and Chief Information Security Officer
Expires in Permanent
Michael Sardaryzadeh
Division of Information Technology
Division of Finance and Operations Representative
Expires in 2019
Andy Bland
Div of Finance & Administration IT Services
Division of IT - Associate Director
Expires in 2 years, July 2019
Zac Sanders (Ex Officio Member)
Division of Information Technology
Division of IT - Associate Director
Expires in permanent
Sean Michaelson
Division of Information Technology
Division of Research Representative
Expires in 2 years, July 2019
Donald 'Rick' McMullen
Vice Pres for Research
Division of Student Affairs Representative
Expires in 2019
Justin Ellison
DSA Information Technology
Ex Officio Juan Garza
IT Academic Services
Faculty Member Paul Gratz
Electrical Engineering
IT Professional Representative
Expires in 2 years, July 2019
Erick Beck
Marketing & Communications
IT Professional Representative
Expires in 2021
William Deigaard
Division of Information Technology
IT Professional Representative Jennifer Hutchison
College of Geosciences - Admin - Dean
IT Professional Representative
Expires in 2019
Victor Delgado
IT Academic Services
IT Professional Representative
Expires in 2020
Chris Wiley
Division of Information Technology
Texas A&M IT Representative
Expires in 2 years, July 2019
Susan Neitsch
Division of Information Technology