Mike Hofherr to Join the OCIO as Senior Director for Learning Technology

The Office of the Chief Information Officer taps Penn State for its new Learning Technology director.

Mike Hofherr

Michael Hofherr will join Ohio State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) on May 2 as its new senior director for Learning Technology. Search committee members Wayne Carlson, vice provost for Undergraduate Studies and dean for Undergraduate Education; Susan Williams, vice provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources; Patrick Osmer, vice provost for Graduate Studies and dean of the Graduate School; Diane Dagefoerde, chief information officer for the College of Arts and Sciences; Carol Diedrichs, director of University Libraries; and OCIO directors David Pike, Enterprise Architecture; Andy Jackson, Enterprise Applications; and David Taylor, Human Resources, identified and recommended Hofherr for this critical position in the OCIO organization and the university.

Cathy Bindewald, who also served as interim Learning Technology director, will resume full time as OCIO Communications director. OCIO’s Learning Technology division includes the areas of virtual and learning environments, Carmen support, and the Digital Union.

Hofherr said, “I am very excited to undertake this new endeavor and look forward to growing the learning technology community at Ohio State.”

He comes to the OCIO with extensive experience managing and leading all aspects of learning technology projects at Penn State. Since 2006 he has served as information technology manager for the Smeal College of Business, where he was responsible for the direction of the college’s web, programming and instructional design units, created a design and development model for online and blended learning for the college, and is an active member of the eCoordinating Council for online learning. Additionally, he developed the Faculty/Student Learning Lab and coordinated the development and design of the online master’s degree in the Supply Chain Management Program.

Prior to his career at Penn State, Hofherr served as a training consultant for Arthur Andersen.

Hofherr holds a BS in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MS in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University.

As senior director for Learning Technology, Hofherr will join the OCIO senior leaders team, reporting directly to CIO Kathy Starkoff. His primary office will be in 418 Thompson Library and after May 2 he can be reached at hofherr.3@osu.edu or 247-6819.