New Trustee: Theresa M. Payton

Theresa M. Payton

Theresa M. Payton

Immaculata University is pleased to announce that Charlotte, N.C., resident Theresa M. Payton has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for Immaculata University.  Payton will serve a three-year term.

“Immaculata is a true National treasure.  Over the years Immaculata has built leaders with a faith-based compass and sound business skills for the market place.  I am honored to be asked to help be a part of Immaculata’s efforts to continue in that tradition,” stated Payton

               Currently, Payton is the CEO and chief advisor for Fortalice, LLC, where she provides expertise to government and private sector organizations in the areas of risk, security, compliance, fraud, and quality.  As the first female chief information officer at the White House from 2006-2008, Payton had accountability for the technology and operations of the Executive Office of the President and set the business and technology information management strategy and direction.  Payton spent the first half of her career in the banking industry including serving as senior vice president and business technology executive for Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

               With a bachelor of arts in economics/business administration and a certification in computers from Immaculata University, Payton continued her education earning a master’s of science in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia.   In 1997, she received a graduate certificate in Banking Studies from Louisiana State University.

               As a leader in the community, Payton serves as a member of several organizations that include the University of North Carolina – Charlotte’s Urban Institute’s Research Arm, Women’s Institute; co-vice president for the FBI’s NC Infragard; advisory council for Business Innovation Growth Council in Charlotte; member of the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association – Go Red for Women campaign; and the Women’s Executive Club of Charlotte.  She has also held leadership positions with several other organizations including the North Carolina Technology Association.  In recognition of her leadership and dedication, Payton has received numerous awards throughout her career including being named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Security Professionals by Security Magazine and a Rising Star in Security Technology by Tripwire, Inc.  Payton made the list of Charlotte’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs in 2012; Charlotte Business Journal’s Top Three Social Media Winner; Mecklenburg County’s 50 Most Influential Women; and Charlotte’s Woman of the Year in 2005.  This year, she was selected as one of the Women of Distinction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math from the Girl Scouts.  Payton lends her advice and expertise to national TV and radio news programs such as Fox News and has a weekly show on the nationally syndicated program America Now News.  She is co-author of the book, Protecting Your Internet Identity:  Are You Naked Online? and has a second book that will be released early 2014, called Privacy in the Age of Big Data.

               Immaculata University’s Board of Trustees is comprised of both lay and religious leaders in the education and corporate community.  As the governing body of Immaculata, the Board understands, endorses, articulates, supports and promotes the mission of the University.

               Immaculata University is a comprehensive, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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