Ricky Roberts, NAU’s director of technical support, has been appointed interim chief information technology officer following the retirement of Fred Estrella.

Roberts has been at the university in Information Technology Services for 18 years, serving in the director role for 16 years.

Roberts received his bachelor’s degree at the U.S. Naval Academy and his master’s in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Roberts retired from the U.S. Navy after serving for 17 years as a naval flight officer and in several collateral roles.

His appointment begins July 1, and a nationwide search for Estrella’s permanent replacement will take place this year.