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The Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer Search Committee welcomes feedback from all members of our university community and the public throughout the search process.


Following an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of John M. Rathje as vice president for information services and chief information officer, effective March 5, 2018.  

Beverly J. WarrenJohn comes to Kent State from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he serves as associate vice chancellor and chief information officer. He has significant experience in both higher education and industry sectors, including 15 years of increasingly complex leadership roles in higher education. John is held in high regard for his innovative approaches to technology and thought leadership in higher education, and we welcome John as a member of the President’s Cabinet and as Kent State’s CIO.  I believe John will be a strategic and service-focused leader and will be a collaborative partner with faculty, staff and students in the use of technology and data to achieve the vision and priorities of our six-year plan, A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State.  

With gratitude, I would like to acknowledge and thank Coleen Santee for her leadership as interim vice president during this time of transition and in service to the Kent State community.  Coleen will continue in her role as deputy chief information officer when John assumes the role of vice president and chief information officer in March.

I also want to thank the members of our community who took the time to meet John during his campus visit on December 11, including members of the President’s Cabinet, deans of the colleges and regional campuses, the Division of Information Services, the Committee on Administrative Officers, the University Council on Technology, the University Teaching Council, and representatives from the academic and administrative divisions.

I also express sincere thanks to the search committee members for their dedication to a rigorous national search process: Paul DiCorleto, Ph.D., vice president for the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, who served as chair; Barbara Broome, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing; Cesquin Curtis, executive director, administration for the Division of Student Affairs; Rick Ferdig, Ph.D., professor in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences; Shelley Marshall, instructor of computer technology at Kent State Ashtabula, and chair of the University Council on Technology; Jennifer McDonough, associate vice president in Academic Affairs Operations and Administration; Andrea Nunley, executive director of Information Services; Jessica Peck, graduate student trustee of the Kent State Board of Trustees, Ph.D. candidate in the College of Business Administration; Jeannie Reifsnyder, senior associate vice president for Finance and Administration; and Nate Ritchey, vice president for Kent State System Integration.

On behalf of the entire Kent State community, I wish to congratulate and offer best wishes to John Rathje upon his selection. We all look forward to working together to achieve our vision of a distinctive Kent State that is recognized for the excellent faculty, staff and students whose work elevates our regional and national impact.

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