Judd Williams is the forward-thinking Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Judd oversees all aspects of strategic planning, budgeting, implementation, and support of IT initiatives across the national office, membership, and events. Since he arrived at the NCAA in 2012, he’s transformed IT from a back-office operation to an innovative and valued partner to the organization.
While advancing information security, replacing legacy technologies, and standardizing processes, Judd transitioned the NCAA’s core IT systems to the cloud, lowering costs by over 40%. His efforts were swiftly reflected in the scores of the internal “Overall Quality of IT” survey results, which increased by 40 percentage points over two years. More recently, Judd has been leading the charge to migrate over 80 years of NCAA data to the Google Cloud Platform and leverage its machine learning, analytics, and data services to improve the digital experience of fans and NCAA members. He has led his team to earn the highest scores across the NCAA in the two most recent Great Place to Work® bi-annual NCAA culture surveys.
Prior to joining the NCAA, Judd was recruited into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Special Advisor Program in 2007. He was named Acting Deputy Senior Executive of IT Business Operations in 2009, where he helped manage a $300 million budget and 1,000+ staff, before being promoted to Senior IT Manager and Unit Chief in 2010. As the youngest Unit Chief in the history of the FBI’s IT Branch, Judd oversaw three different operational IT groups. He increased the reliability and security of the FBI’s Top Secret Network by implementing the most advanced email platform available to better serve three unique classification networks, representing over 100,000 email accounts.
Judd previously held positions at SAIC, Northrop Grumman, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Dedicated to the vitality of the Indianapolis community, Judd is on the Board of TechPoint, a coalition of businesses, universities, and foundations that supports growth of the regional tech industry. He also serves on the governing body of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Indianapolis Conference, Evanta CIO Executive Summit of Indianapolis, and CXO Technology Steering Committee for the Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology Consortium. Judd has been published by Harvard Business Publishing, and in support of his alma mater, is a member of the Auburn University Harbert College of Business Advisory Council.
In 2016, Judd was an Indianapolis Business Journal’s (IBJ) “Forty Under 40” honoree, and in 2017, the IBJ named him CTO of the Year. He also joined an elite group by earning a ComputerWorld Premier 100 Technology Leaders award in 2017. Judd led the NCAA to rankings in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100, 2017 Digital Edge 50, and ComputerWorld 100 Best Places to Work in IT in 2017 and 2018.
Judd holds a BS in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems (MIS) and a MS in MIS from Auburn University. He advanced his business and leadership acumen with a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Judd is married to his wife, Alexa, and spends what little free time he has chasing his three daughters, two of whom are identical twins.