Tracy Futhey

Vice President for Information Technology
and Chief Information Officer

As Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Duke University since 2002, Tracy Futhey has presided over Duke’s rise as a national leader in higher education information technology. 

Under Futhey’s leadership, Duke’s IT capabilities now extend to a global network, including delivery of technology services to Duke Kunshan University and other international programs and sites. Futhey has been the engine behind a new generation of computing capabilities across campus and influenced the higher education technology landscape regionally and nationally. She led the introduction of the nation’s first higher education owned and operated national research and education optical network as founding chair of the National LambdaRail from 2003 to 2007.  

Through programs such as the Duke Digital Initiative and its inventive use of iPods and iTunes in higher education, she has become a recognized leader in enlisting commercial technologies to create and disseminate digital course materials.

Before Duke, Futhey spent 17 years at Carnegie Mellon, where her career spanned the range of IT, from computer consultant to CIO. As CIO, she gained a reputation as a well-rounded leader, having overseen major projects in wireless, mobile and location-based computing.

Futhey is a past board member of Internet2 and an active member of numerous regional and national higher education organizations. She also serves on various industry advisory councils for Fortune 100 technology companies.  She holds a B.S. in mathematics with a computer science concentration and a M.S. in industrial administration, both from Carnegie Mellon.