Since arriving at UT Pan American in March 2010, Dr. Jeffrey A. Graham has had one overarching goal: to improve the University’s information technology infrastructure while reducing costs. His success in this regard, first as associate vice president of information technology services, then as chief information officer and currently as vice president for information technology, has been outstanding.
In addition to lowering the cost of software licensing to UTPA by more than $350,000 by consolidating and renegotiating site licenses, Dr. Graham guided the launch in 2013 of Oracle R12, an upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suites, bringing the project in on time and at a cost of about $1 million, some $700,000 below the estimate. Oracle R12 is also projected to save the University some $100,000 a year in maintenance costs.
Dr. Graham began his career at General Motors/Delphi as a manufacturing systems engineer in 1984 after graduating with a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. In 1988, he transferred to the company’s plant in Reynosa, Tamps, Mexico, where over a 22-year span, he would serve General Motors/Delphi and later Delphi as an electrical engineer, systems engineer, manufacturing systems engineering general supervisor, manager of industrial engineering, lean implementation manager and SAP site implementation manager. His final assignment at Delphi before coming to UTPA was as engineering group manager, Launch Development.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, Dr. Graham earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1992, an M.B.A. from UTPA in 1998 and a Ph.D. in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.
He and his wife, Rosario, reside in McAllen. They have three children, Denise, Jessica and Dana.