Information Technology Services
ITS LEADERSHIP TEAM
ITS is led by MSU Denver's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Vice President, Kevin Taylor, and four Directors: Mike Hart, Darius Jack, Truong Nguyen, and Nick Pistentis.
Kevin Taylor, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services
Kevin Taylor is MSU Denver's Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services. Previously serving as both Interim CIO/AVP of ITS and Director of Application Services, Kevin originally joined ITS Application Services in October 2014, as Associate Director, because he was drawn to the University's urban location and its focus on student-centered education. Prior to coming to MSU Denver, Kevin served as the Director of Information Technology and CIO at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Mike Hart, Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Security
Mike Hart is the Chief Information Security Officer, and Director of Security. He joined MSU Denver in 2011, with previous information technology leadership experience in the U.S. Air Force, and the telecommunications, banking, and tolling industries. He earned his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Regis University.
Darius Jack, Director of Network and Infrastructure Services
As Director of Network and Infrastructure Services for Metropolitan State University of Denver, Darius Jack is responsible for providing leadership for planning, organization, and management of the enterprise data centers, networking, and compute/storage infrastructure.
Before joining Metropolitan State University of Denver, Darius held leadership positions in technology infrastructure and data center operations for Barnes Jewish Christian Healthcare, Western Union, and First Data Corporation. Throughout his career he has lead organizations responsible for managing data centers, compute, storage, networks, databases, service desk, and service management. His data center operations responsibilities have included all aspects of data center availability, capacity management, day-to-day operations, governance, and reporting.
Darius holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Columbia College. He is also ITIL V3 certified.
Truong Nguyen, Interim Director of Client Services
Truong Nguyen is the Interim Director of Client Services overseeing the Service Desk, Learning Spaces Support (labs and classroom), Client Configuration and Desktop Systems Engineering teams.
Truong is a MSU Denver alumni with a bachelor of science degree in Computer Information Systems in 2010. He has been with Information Technology Services since 2008, starting as a student employee and on as full-time after graduation. He have held several previous roles within the ITS Client Services department from Call Center Supervisor, Desktop Support Technician, Helpdesk Manager, Desktop Systems Engineering Manager, to his now current role as Interim Director of Client Services.
Nick Pistentis, Executive Director of Application Services
Nick Pistentis currently serves as the Executive Director of Application Services, focusing on enterprise software solutions that support the campus community.
Nick earned his Master’s in Information Technology Management from George Washington University, where he subsequently worked for seven years in information technology. He spent four years working for a health care and higher education consulting and technology firm in Washington, D.C. before moving to Denver in 2010. He joined MSU Denver in 2015 as Director of Client Services, and served as Interim Director of Application Services in 2018.