In Memoriam: Van Buren Winston, Jr.

Written by

Richard Brookshire


November 20, 2020

Van Buren Winston, Jr.

Mr. Winston -- age 77 -- originally of New Orleans, Louisiana, served honorably as an officer in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Diane Winston, their two children, April Willis and Damien Hooper-Campbell and granddaughter, Kayla Willis. 

Mr. Winston's Official Military Portrait.

Van had an impressive professional career.  He spent more than 20 years as an executive and senior leader in Information Technology and retired from Fashion Institute of Technology after serving 10 years as a senior member of the executive staff of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to FIT, he was a CIO resource providing management and strategic consulting support for leading higher education institutional clients of Collegis (now SunGard Higher Education Managed Services).

Before joining Collegis, Van served as a Regional Account Manager with Systems & Computer Technology Corporation (now SunGard Higher Education Solutions), and as a Global Account Executive with MicroAge integration Group.

Leveraging his entrepreneurial spirit, Van co-founded Corporate Consulting Group, Inc., a technology management and professional services consulting firm after serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Accurate Information Systems, Inc.

Prior to beginning his career in technology, Van was a Vice President in positions of increasing responsibility for over 10 years with Citibank, N.A. including Chief of Staff and Senior Administrative Officer within the Bank’s Investment Division and Deputy Director of Investment Research.

Mr. Winston was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelors in Nuclear Physics and the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Business. He was also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc

Mr. Winston's family has requested that donations in his honor be made to the Black Veterans Project. For more information, contact

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