Ohio State’s vice president and chief information officer, Michael B. Hofherr leads two units, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE).
Within the OCIO, Mr. Hofherr’s responsibilities include the planning, alignment, budgeting, design, implementation, and operation of information systems in support of the university’s information technology (IT) strategies. He establishes the IT strategy, policy, standards, and direction of processes for the university’s estimated 35 indirect and distributed IT organizations.
As leader of the ODEE, he oversees all forms of Ohio State’s distance education and eLearning efforts, including degree offerings, credit courses, non-credit certificates, iTunes U offerings, and hybrid as well as pure distance programming. He is also responsible for supporting the delivery of classroom technology and eLearning efforts.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Hofherr was interim CIO and associate vice president for distance education and eLearning. Earlier, he was senior director for learning technology in the OCIO, where he helped transform the university’ educational technologies offerings. 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. He also oversaw Carmen, the university’s learning management platform, and the Digital Union.
Mr. 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 B.S. in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University.
- Classroom and collaboration spaces
- Common university infrastructure
- Core university applications and data systems
- Distance education
- Extended education
- Information technology
- IT policies
- IT security
- Learning systems and technologies