Esfandiar Zafar is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Director of Information Technologies Services (ITS) since 2008 and became responsible for the overall management and leadership of ITS in 2010.
Joining Vanderbilt University in 1985, he began his career as a Systems Programmer in the Computer Center. Shortly after the installation of the campus network in 1987, he became a member of the Network Group and was promoted to Manager in 1989. He led the expansion and re-engineering of the Campus Data Network and Residential Hall Cable TV. He has held various roles within ITS since 2001 serving as Group Leader for Communication Services, Network Operations Center (NOC), Planning and Technical Implementations, and promoted to Director of Application Hosting in 2004.
Esfandiar obtained a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, NJ. As a graduate student, he served as a Computer Consultant in Information Technology providing support to students, faculty, and staff. Born in Tehran, Esfandiar moved to the United States to continue his studies. He is married and the father of two children.