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Ohio State University names chief information officer

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University today announced that Michael B. Hofherr has been named vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Hofherr’s appointment, which will be officially confirmed by the Board of Trustees at its next meeting, is effective March 1.

Hofherr joined Ohio State in 2011 as director of learning technology, and became associate vice president for distance education and eLearning in 2013. He has served as interim CIO since June 2013.

Mike Hofherr

“I am pleased that Mike Hofherr has agreed to serve as vice president and CIO,” said Joseph E. Steinmetz, executive vice president and provost. “He has successfully moved the university’s learning technology initiatives forward, and provided extraordinary leadership as interim CIO. I look forward to continuing our work together.”

As CIO, Hofherr will be responsible for the coordination of the information technology (IT) functions across the university. Ohio State’s IT community includes a medical center and five regional campuses. It is comprised of about 35 IT organizations and 1,200 professionals. His duties include supporting and enhancing the university’s academic computing needs as well as distance education and eLearning initiatives.

Since he joined the university, Hofherr has helped to transform educational technology at Ohio State. As associate vice president for distance education and eLearning, he was responsible for distance education initiatives and learning technology in the classroom. As senior director for learning technology, 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.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the university’s information technology enterprise,” said Hofherr. “Ohio State is on a remarkable path in integrating learning with technology and I look forward to continuing our progress.”

Hofherr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science degree in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University.

About The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.