Mark A. Stone, Ph.D.
Mark A. Stone serves as the System Chief Information Officer (“SCIO”) for The Texas A&M University System (“A&M System”). As the SCIO for the A&M System, Mr. Stone is responsible for cybersecurity, enterprise-wide application, networking, and infrastructure strategy development and implementation throughout the A&M System. The CIO collaborates with technology as well as non-technology leaders to ensure A&M System systems support A&M System goals, objectives, policies, procedures and initiatives as specified by the Chancellor.
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $6.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $996 million in FY2017 and helped drive the state’s economy. With more than 26,000 faculty and staff, the A&M System has a physical presence in 250 of the state’s 254 counties and a programmatic presence in everyone.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Stone served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. from August 2009 until December 2012. Mr. Stone served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Zale Corporation from May 2005 to February 2009. Mr. Stone was with Zale Corporation for 14 years and worked in IT, Planning, Database Marketing, and Distribution. Prior to working at Zale Corporation, Mr. Stone served as the Director of Financial Operations for the Resolution Trust Corporation.
Mr. Stone is a Certified Public Accountant and the author of “The Three C’s: A Career Enrichment Primer on Characterizing, Connecting, and Communicating.” He holds a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University, a Masters in Divinity (MDiv) from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Masters in Theology (ThM) from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.