I am very pleased to let you know that I have offered the position of Vice President and Chief Information Officer to Michael B. Hofherr, currently the interim CIO and associate vice president of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) at The Ohio State University. Mike has accepted the offer and, subject to the approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective March 1, 2014.
Mike will be a key member of my leadership team and the OCIO will again report through the Office of Academic Affairs. The CIO’s responsibilities include the planning, alignment, budgeting, design, implementation and operation of information systems in support of the university’s strategies and objectives within the direct OCIO organization. The CIO will establish the IT strategy, policy, standards, direction of processes for the university’s estimated 35 indirect and distributed IT organizations. The CIO also will be responsible for the ODEE function.
Mike Hofherr joined Ohio State in 2011 and was named Ohio State’s associate vice president for distance education and eLearning in 2012. His additional responsibilities as interim CIO began in June of 2013. As interim CIO, he oversees enterprise services for Applications, Data Warehousing, Infrastructure, Architecture, and Security. As associate vice president for distance education and eLearning, he was responsible for distance education initiatives and learning technology in the classroom. He is also responsible for supporting the delivery of classroom technology and eLearning efforts.
Prior to his current roles, Hofherr served for nearly two years as the senior director for learning technology in the OCIO, where 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. As senior director for learning technology, Hofherr also oversaw Carmen, the university’s learning management platform, and the Digital Union.
Hofherr came to Ohio State in 2011 from Penn State, bringing an extensive background in managing and leading all aspects of learning technology projects. He holds a BS in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MS in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University.
I am confident that the OCIO will continue to make great strides under Mike’s leadership, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new, permanent role.