Michael B. Hofherr has been Vice President and CIO since early 2014. In this position he oversees technology services offered by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and learning technologies provided by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE).
Enterprise services offered by OCIO include Applications, Data Warehousing, Infrastructure, Architecture and Enterprise Security. ODEE oversees all forms of distance education and elearning at Ohio State, including degree offerings, credit courses, non-credit certificates, iTunes U and hybrid as well as pure distance programming. This area is also responsible for supporting the delivery of classroom technology and eLearning efforts.
Hofherr joined Ohio State in 2011 and served for nearly two years as the senior director for learning technology in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. In this role he helped transform the educational technologies offerings on campus. He spearheaded the Digital First initiative, expanded the Impact Grants program, and led a classroom technology transformation that resulted in more than $2 million in savings while improving services. Learning technology also has responsibility for Carmen, the university’s learning management platform, and the Digital Union locations, which feature computers for student use equipped with relevant software for projects involving video, audio, photos, web graphics, documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Hofherr’ s leadership expanded services of learning technologies, which led to the development of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning in 2012. In June 2013, he took on additional responsibilities as interim CIO.
Hofherr came to Ohio State in 2011 from Penn State, bringing an extensive background in managing and leading all aspects of learning technology projects. Earlier, he had served as a training consultant for Arthur Andersen.
He holds a BS in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MS in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University.