Position Description | Vice President for Information Services & Chief Information Officer Search | Kent State University

Kent State University seeks a strategic, service-focused, and high-energy information and technology leader as the Vice President for Information Services (IS) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO will be a member of the President’s Cabinet and work closely with the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost.

Strategic Roadmap

The new CIO will be a thought leader on the use of technology and data to achieve the vision and priorities of the university’s bold six-year plan titled A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State.

About Kent State University

A leading public research university located in Northeast Ohio, Kent State offers an environment where pushing limits and respecting freedom of expression thrive.  With a total enrollment of more than 38,000 students on its eight campuses coming from 50 states and 104 countries, Kent State University is one of the largest university systems in the nation.

Fostering a diverse culture full of visionary ideas and ambitious people, Kent ranks 176th on the Best National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report, earning a coveted spot on the first-tier list. From the certificate level to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels, the university offers more than 400 undergraduate and graduate programs of study.


The Vice President and CIO will develop and lead the university’s information technology governance, establish a CIO council, and directly manage the Division of Information Services, which includes three primary departments: Education Technology and Service Management, Systems Development and Innovations, and IT Enterprise Applications/Infrastructure Services and Support.  

The successful candidate must be both an effective executive leader who can lead strategic information technology vision and transformation across the university and a strong operational manager for centrally provided technology services. 

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader who can guide technology direction through collaboration; have the ability to create an IT culture to recruit, retain and develop IT talent; be an effective communicator who can interact with a multitude of stakeholders; have broad technical knowledge, ideally with an understanding of emerging IT trends; have eight to nine years of progressively responsible experience in information systems and service administration. A master's degree is preferred. 

Nominations, Inquiries and Expressions of Interest

For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest to: 

Odgers Berndtson
Nicholas Brill, Partner
Jennifer McDonough, Principal

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Employment Information

Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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