Chico State has announced Monique Sendze as its inaugural vice president of information technologies and chief information officer.

Sendze currently serves as chief information officer and deputy chief operating officer at Colorado Schools of Mines, where she is responsible for all aspects of the technological architecture, security and integration, and ensuring that technology investments support the university’s strategic imperatives and priorities. Among her many accomplishments at Mines, she moved the university through the difficult shift from in-person to online/hybrid learning. And she’s led numerous more initiatives to innovate and improve campus operations in support of faculty, students, and staff.

Monique Sendze
Monique Sendze

In 2021, Sendze was named a finalist for the Colorado CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. In addition, she led Mines Information & Technology Solutions through efforts to build a culture of belonging through open roundtable discussions 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 Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson. “We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Sendze’s depth of experience in educational information technology join Chico State.”

Before coming to Mines, Sendze held the positions of director of information technology at both the Johnson County (Kansas) and Douglas County (Colorado) libraries, chief operating officer and chief technology and innovation officer at the Tulsa (Oklahoma) City-County Library, and director of technology strategy at The Library Corporation, a systems automation software development company.

“I am excited to be joining the very talented team at Chico State, learning and working alongside them to move the vision leadership has set forward in service to our students and the communities we serve,” said Sendze.

Sendze holds a doctorate of education, organizational leadership, and organizational development from Grand Canyon University, and a master’s degree in information technology management from Colorado Technical University; and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon.

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