Theresa Semmens

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Assistant Vice President

As a member of University of Miami Information Technology’s Executive Cabinet, Theresa Semmens serves a key role by working closely with senior administration, academic leaders, health system leaders, and the university community to optimize our organization's information technology security. She is an advocate for the University of Miami's information security needs, and is responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security strategy. In her position, she leads the development and implementation of a security program that leverages collaborations and university-wide resources, facilitates information security governance, advises senior leadership on security direction and resource investments, and designs appropriate policies to manage information security risk.
Prior to joining UMIT, Semmens worked for North Dakota State University (NDSU) as CISO. There, she was responsible for creating, overseeing, coordinating, and evaluating processes to build an information security vision and strategy, which included: security policies, procedures and risk management, and assessment. While at NDSU, she reviewed contracts, software and service licenses, and agreements that contained IT components of security and regulatory compliance – in particular, evaluating matters related to HIPPA, FERPA, GLBA, and applicable protection of information and privacy laws. She partnered with vice presidents, deans, directors, chairs, faculty, staff, and students on needs and projects that required and included elements of information security. She also developed and managed the information security awareness and training programs.

Semmens earned two master's degrees, one in business administration and another in management, from the University of Mary, North Dakota.