John Borwick has been named director of information technology services for Virginia Tech’s University Libraries.

In this role, he will manage the libraries’ information technology services team to build effective and efficient information technology services to support University Libraries employees and patrons.

A graduate of North Carolina State University with bachelor’s degrees in both English and computer science, Borwick has more than 12 years of experience in higher education information technology. He spent 10 years at Wake Forest University, moving from systems administration to associate director positions within the chief information officer’s department, and finally serving as the director of the information technology portfolio management office.

Most recently, Borwick has worked as an information technology consultant for higher education institutions such as Northeast Community College in Nebraska, Radford University, and Princeton University. He has led and advised on information technology process improvement initiatives, project and portfolio management, and change management within information technology organizations. 

He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Expert, and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certifications.

“These management skills and experiences will serve us well as we reimagine the growth and deployment of information technology in the libraries and the services and activities of this department,” said Dean of University Libraries Tyler Walters.

A learning and hiking enthusiast, Borwick has been enjoying living in the Blacksburg community with his family and exploring robotics and construction at Virginia Tech with his son.

Established in 1872 with just 500 volumes, University Libraries at Virginia Tech has more than two million volumes and a large collection of electronic databases and full-content journals. With locations in Blacksburg and the National Capital Region, University Libraries is a selective depository for federal documents and a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.