OCIO leadership announcement

Faculty and Staff — August 5, 2021

OCIO leadership announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Cindy Leavitt, an accomplished IT leader with three decades of experience at national research universities and technology companies, will be Ohio State’s next vice president and chief information officer, starting Sept. 20. Her appointment is pending Board of Trustees approval.

Leavitt has an extensive background that spans enterprise resource planning, educational technology and information systems, app development and roles as a systems analyst and systems engineer. Her higher education experience includes leadership roles at Temple University, the University of Michigan and the University of California, Davis.

As vice president and CIO at Temple University, her leadership reflects a strong focus on serving the needs of university stakeholders, as demonstrated by high customer-satisfaction rates and forward-thinking investments in technology solutions such as Carmen and Zoom that led to a smooth and rapid transition to distance learning during the pandemic.

Leavitt previously held deputy chief information officer roles at the University of Michigan — at the Medical School and the university’s Information Technology and Services group — and as a senior project manager of informational and educational technology at the University of California, Davis. She also has worked for technology companies in senior roles as a systems analyst, systems engineer and IT manager.

Leavitt earned her bachelor’s degree in statistics and business from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Please join me in welcoming Cindy to Ohio State and thanking Diane Dagefoerde, who has served as interim vice president and chief information officer since October 2020.


Melissa L. Gilliam, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President and Provost