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Russell Battista Jr. | System Office Chief Information Officer, University System of New Hampshire

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2017, Russell Battista Jr. has served as the System Office Chief Information Officer at the University System of New Hampshire where he manages the Banner Finance team and is responsible for implementing the system-wide ERP upgrade to Banner 9. He started at USNH in 2016 as the Director of Enterprise Applications. This followed three years at Fairfield University, where he served as Director of Administrative Computing and finished his time as Interim CIO.

Battista Jr. got his start in higher education at Yale University, where he served as Director of Enterprise Development Services for four years, and then Director of Enterprise Technology Architecture for a year.

Prior to Yale, Battista Jr. spent a year at ESPN where he worked as the broadcaster’s Director of Business Analysis and Application Architecture, and the Director of Enterprise Software Development and Business Analysis.

Throughout his career, he has worked in a number of organizations ranging from startups to mature organizations. He spent a number of years working at GE Capital in their Consumer Credit division in the Technology department. The formal IT experience and training provided by these organizations have provided him with a significant breadth of knowledge that affords him that opportunity and privilege to assist Higher Education institutions achieve academic excellence.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Battista Jr. earned his BA in Psychology from Muhlenberg College in 1983. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and certified in Process Management and ITIL Version 3.

You can connect with Battista Jr on LinkedIn.