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Tim Winders

Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO,
Purdue University

Purdue University
United States

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Tim Winders serves as the Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO of Purdue University and Vice Chancellor of Information Services (VCIS) at Purdue University Northwest. In his role, Winders provides leadership for the service delivery and integration of information technology across the Purdue system. He provides strategic oversight of system-wide information technology activities and the sponsoring of IT committees. He works with IT service units across the system by delivering direction in appropriate choices in new and developing information technologies to foster high quality research learning services that meet curricular and scholarly needs of faculty, students, staff and community.

Winders has implemented IT strategic planning, zero-based budgeting, and IT governance. He established the IT Security department, implemented digital accessibility standards and training, established student employee standards and benchmarks, and hosted the first-ever Northwest Indiana CIO Roundtable at PNW. Winders is an executive sponsor of system-wide IT initiatives and was instrumental in the success of the Purdue System Cloud (PSC) resulting in a system-wide annual savings of over $4M.

Winders represents the University’s information technology interests by serving as a member of the PNW Senior Leadership Team, PNW Web Advisory Committee, PNW University Budget Committee, PNW HLC Resource, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee, PNW Emergency Planning Committee, PNW Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, Purdue IT Operational Oversight Committee and Purdue System-wide Summit Task Force. He chairs both the Chancellor’s AccessAbility Committee and the PNW IT Governance Committee.

Winders has presented to the Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators (ACUTA), Jenzabar Annual Meeting (JAM), South Central POISE Users Group (SCPUG), Purdue University Northwest Information Services Student Association, Fourth International Conference on Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education,Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting Summit, and RTM Higher Education Congress conferences.

Additionally, Winders’ community outreach includes the South Shore Arts Board of Directors, Northwest Indiana Symphony Committee, South Shore Arts Education Committee, and South Shore Arts Finance Committee. He is past president of Levelland Morning Rotary Club, founding member of Youth Orchestras of Lubbock in Lubbock, Texas, and served as President of the YOL Board of Directors.

Prior to his roles at Purdue, Winders served as Associate Dean of Information Technology at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He has more than 30 years experience in technology and business and a successful, demonstrated background with over 25 years executive and hands-on experience in higher education technology management. The solution-oriented enterprise is a result of his visionary leadership.

Winders earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology, Leadership, and Innovation at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. He holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Business, Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), in Biology, both from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He may be contacted at

Job History

Purdue University
Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer
West Lafayette, IN, United States
February 2023 - present

Purdue University Northwest
Vice Chancellor Information Services
Hammond, IN, United States
November 2015 - present

South Plains College
Associate Dean of Information Technology
Levelland, TX, United States
June 1995 - October 2015


Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Ph.D., 2023
Technology, Leadership, and Innovation
2016 To 2023
Dissertation: A comparative analysis of dual credit and university students in subsequent university courses
Advisor: Chad Laux

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
MS, 1992
Information Technology Management
1990 To 1992

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
BA, 1990
1986 To 1990