Central Washington UniversityVirginia Tomlinson (2020: CWU; 2014-19: Linfield College)
Virginia (Ginny) Tomlinson is Associate Vice President / Chief Information Officer at Central Washington University. Prior to joining CWU in January 2020, Ginny served as the Chief Technology Officer of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, where she was responsible for the strategic leadership and management of all aspects of information technology at the College. Ginny has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years. Previously she served as the CIO at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia and as Director of Information Technology Services at Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ginny earned her Master of Science in Information Systems from Georgia State University.
Clark CollegeSudha Frederick (2023)
Sudha Frederick joined Clark College in April 2023 as the Vice President of Information Technology. He brings 15 years of experience in information technology and more than 7 years in leadership positions at several non-profit organizations. As VPIT of Clark College, Sudha is responsible for the organization’s technology vision and deployment, overseeing campuswide information technology activities, sponsoring IT committees, working with IT service units across campus, assessing current IT infrastructure and making appropriate recommendations and strategies to deliver timely and qualitative IT services across the University.
Sudha is passionate about building teams to provide top notch IT services. One of his main focuses is to equip his team for success by paying close attention to their natural potential and skillsets. He believes in transformational servant leadership.
Sudha has a master’s degree in business administration from George Fox University, a master’s degree in ministry management from Multnomah University and a master’s in Sociology from Madurai Kamaraj University. When away from work, he loves spending time with his family, church, playing the electric guitar and riding his motorcycle.
Eastern Washington UniversityBrad Christ (2018: EWU; 2011-18: SOU)
Brad Christ is the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Eastern Washington University. Prior to his appointment at EWU in 2018, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Southern Oregon University, overseeing telecommunications, media services, information services, networking services, and user services for two campuses in Ashland and Medford. Before coming to Southern Oregon, he oversaw departmental operations, telecommunications, networking, system administration, and information systems at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Brad has worked extensively on higher education technology collaboration efforts throughout his career. In Minnesota, these efforts included partnering with other private colleges to join Internet2 with sponsorship from the University of Minnesota and forming a buying consortium with other private colleges and a K-12 education technology collaborative. In Oregon, his collaboration efforts included working with the other state public universities during the breakup of the Oregon University System and coordinating the annual Ellucian Northwest Symposium.
Brad has worked in higher education information technology for 20 years. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Brad joined the NWACC Council in 2011(then representing Southern Oregon), and serves on the Board of Directors. He continues to assist with the NWACC Cybersecurity program.
George Fox UniversityTim Goodfellow (2013)
Tim Goodfellow is the Chief Information Officer at George Fox University, a role he started in 2013. His work in IT leadership is driven by his desire to shape the future of higher education for educators and students alike. Tim sees this happening through work that brings people and technology together to make higher education more accessible and affordable while maintaining a respect for the long history and traditions of the academy.
Tim has worked at George Fox University since 2005 in several capacities including teaching, Student Life and Institutional Technology. Prior to work at George Fox Tim worked as an experiential educator and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology.
When he’s not in the office Tim likes to head outdoors to garden or to explore the rivers, mountains and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest.
Gonzaga UniversityBorre Ulrichsen (2016)
Borre Ulrichsen has served as the Chief Information Officer at Gonzaga University since August 2016. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for IT Services at California State University, East Bay. From 2002 to 2011, he was the Director of Information Systems Projects at San Francisco State University. Previous to that he held various IT leadership roles in the private sector. Borre completed his MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Lewis & Clark CollegeAdam Buchwald (2012)
Adam Buchwald oversees the Information Technology department at Lewis & Clark College, and serves as the liaison between IT and the college administrative staff. Adam, a Whitman College graduate and former IT officer at Pacific University, has worked in several capacities at MassArt, including as director of information technology, acting associate vice president for technology and chief information officer, and deputy chief information officer. Prior to joining MassArt, Adam worked in IT positions at Simmons College and Roscommon Associates, both in Boston, as well as at Pacific, where he served from 1997 to 2000.
Adam’s other professional activities include membership on the board of directors of the conservation group Greater Boston Trout Unlimited, which he has also served as IT consultant since 2006. In addition, he attended the 2010 summer leadership institute of EDUCAUSE, an organization that works to advance the higher education sector through intelligent use of technology.
Linfield UniversityRick Snaric (2023)
Montana State University-BozemanRyan Knutson (2021)
Dr. Ryan Knutson serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Montana State University (MSU). As CIO, he oversees IT security, telecommunications, local area and wide area networking, user services, infrastructure, and research computing.
Ryan began his career as a server administrator for South Dakota State University, then he became web and systems manager for Southwest Minnesota State University. He returned to South Dakota State University in 2010 as the Manager of Information Security, which was followed closely by an appointment as Assistant Vice President. Ryan then worked as Chief Information Officer for the Sioux Falls School District before coming to Montana State University.
Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s degree in Information Systems, and a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education.
North Dakota University SystemDarin King (2017)
Darin King is the Chief Information Officer at the North Dakota University System (NDUS), a position he has held since July of 2016. Before becoming CIO, Darin was the Deputy CIO and was responsible for the daily operational leadership of the enterprise systems and services delivered to the eleven institutions of the NDUS. He has directed many system-wide initiatives since joining the NDUS in 2013, including the consolidation of campus email systems, numerous information security projects, and the migration to a single learning management system.
Darin began his career in educational technology as a high school mathematics and computer science teacher in Minot and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1995, he was hired as the first Network Services Coordinator for the Grand Forks Public Schools (ND) and led the effort to bring Internet access into the classrooms of the district. Darin became the GFPS district Technology Director in 1997 and led the district through a rapid expansion of educational technology resources and systems. In 2012, he became the Director of the North Dakota Educational Technology Council and provided leadership for all North Dakota K12 educational technology, including EduTech and the ND Center for Distance Education.
Darin is a graduate of Valley City State University (ND) and the University of North Dakota. He is a Valley City native and a 20+ year resident of Grand Forks. His wife Deb is the Program Director of the Radiologic Technology program at Northland College in East Grand Forks, MN. His son Sam coaches football at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, his daughter-in-law Chelsea is a middle school teacher, and his daughter McKenna is a Registered Dietician.
Oregon Health & Science UniversityBridget Barnes (2007)
Bridget Barnes, MBA, MSEM, is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Bridget has worked in OHSU’s Information Technology Group since 1999 and has had a key role in implementing and managing their business, student, research, and clinical information systems during that time. Bridget’s team of technical professionals is responsible for supporting all missions of OHSU (academic, clinical, research and outreach functions), as well as the multiple business entities that support OHSU. She has published and presented to professional organizations on application implementation and selection strategies.
Bridget has served on national and regional information system Boards including the Oracle Higher Education User Group (HEUG), the NorthWest Oracle User Group (NWOUG), the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC), Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Oregon Health Network and Oregon’s Health Information Technology Oversight Committee.
Oregon State UniversityAndrea Ballinger (2019)
Andrea S. Ballinger serves as the Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for Oregon State University. In her capacity she is responsible for the discovery and implementation of innovations to advance learning, improve the campus experience, and increase administrative efficiency to enable the University’s missions in research, education, and engagement. Andrea has been in higher education for over 20 years, serving in many senior capacities including CTO, CIO, COO and briefly as a CEO. During her tenure in higher ed, Andrea has been a key driver for IT operations, transformations, and strategies building high performing teams and bringing complex projects to fruition. In her last role, Andrea served as LSU’s Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, providing leadership, vision, and direction to the university’s investment, deployment, and strategic use of information technology resources across the multi-campuses. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Information Officer for the University of Illinois Alumni Association with a very brief role as CEO during a leadership transition. In that capacity she gained a great deal of advancement skills. Andrea also held several senior-level titles for both Illinois State University (CTO, AVP for Administrative Technologies) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (AVP for Decision Support and other Decision Support titles) where she led the modernization of their IT ecosystems including implementing ERPs, CRMs and business intelligence environments. Prior to joining higher education, Andrea spent ten years in the banking and finance industry where she was last a Vice President of Operations at a large Midwest bank working in several mergers and acquisitions. Andrea has a passion for reimagining the student experience, building strong IT teams, using analytics and reaching operational excellence. Andrea has an undergraduate degree and an MBA, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Pacific Lutheran UniversityKevin Berg (2023)
Kevin Berg is the Chief Information Officer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Kevin got his start at PLU in the Registrar’s Office in 2005 helping to clear a backlog of transfer evaluations. Various jobs in the Registrar’s Office led to an opportunity to serve as Registrar, which he did from 2013 to 2019. Beginning in 2019, Kevin finally left his registrar colleagues and became PLU’s Director of Institutional Research, a role which allowed him to help expand PLU’s capabilities with data analysis and reporting. In the summer of 2023, Kevin moved to Information & Technology Services to serve as PLU’s CIO.
Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University.
Pacific UniversityBrandon Gatke (2019)
Brandon Gatke is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for Pacific University. Prior to joining higher education Brandon has led Information Technology teams for both large scale and small operations, with industry experience in Healthcare, Financial Services, Real Estate, and Ecommerce Software. Brandon is passionate about delivering value by developing people and leveraging technology in innovative and sustainable ways.
He has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, an MS in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon, and BS in Speech Communications from Portland State University.
Portland Community CollegeMichael Northover (2016)
Michael has 35 years experience in IT and has held C-level positions for over 10 years in both the private and public sectors. He spent over 20 years with Merrill Lynch on Wall Street including two years as a global IT strategist. He has also worked in Mortgage Servicing, Publishing and Healthcare sectors.
Michael has been CIO at Portland Community College since 2016. PCC is the largest higher education institution in Oregon and has one of the largest networks in the Pacific Northwest, supporting 4 campuses, 6 centers and over 80,000 students. Michael’s focus over the past two years has been organizational alignment, IT strategy, driving portfolio management and enterprise architecture capability, and implementing a comprehensive cyber-security defense in depth strategy for the college. His current focus is ERP strategy, document management and workflow, the future of instructional technology, and data/analytics strategy to support the college’s YESS (“Yes to Equitable Student Success”) program.
Michael has an MBA/MIS (Management Information Systems) and is a certified Enterprise Architect. In addition to NWACC, he is a member of SIM, TAO, AEA, ISACA, and REN-ISAC. In 2019, he received his Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification and is now CIO/CISO at PCC.
Michael lives with his wife in the Portland area. He has had a lifelong commitment to playing guitar badly.
Portland State UniversityRyan Bass (2022)
Ryan Bass is the Chief Information Officer at Portland State University. He oversees a comprehensive IT organization with campus-wide responsibility for enterprise applications, web services, computing and network infrastructure, research computing, service desk, classroom AV, and event support. Ryan served as co-lead for a complete redesign of Portland State’s student web portal, championing the migration of data protection and disaster recovery capabilities to cloud infrastructure. He was also a member of the team that founded Link Oregon — the statewide research and education network.
Ryan began his career in higher education in 2005. He is a strong believer in higher education’s purpose and the positive impact it has on peoples’ lives. He is active in both regional and national IT organizations, including EDUCAUSE.
Ryan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Seattle University and an MBA from Portland State University. In his free time Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and children, volunteering in his local community, backpacking, and playing on a snowy mountain somewhere in the pacific northwest.
Reed CollegeValerie Moreno (2022; 2018-2022: Clark College)
Valerie Moreno serves as the Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer for Reed College. Val is responsible for campus-wide solutions in the areas of Network Infrastructure, System Administration, Application Development, Desktop Support Services, Cyber Security, Instructional and Classroom Technology solutions. She is responsible for delivering IT services, strategic planning, and vision for Reed College.
Prior to her arrival at Reed, she was also CIO/CISO for Clark College. In that capacity Valerie also served as the CIO/CISO liaison between Clark College and the Washington State Community and Technical College system and is a highly respected leader within the SBCTC Commission. She also served as the CISO lead for the IT Security Council for all 34 Community and Technical Colleges.
Valerie has over 32 years of IT industry experience in both corporate and higher education institutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Network and Communications Management and has also held leadership roles at AT&T, Qwest, Northwestern University, and Portland Community College. She serves on the Board of Directors for Riverview Community Bank and Riverview Bancorp Inc., and has served in several nonprofit Board of Director roles in the past.
Seattle Pacific UniversityMicah Schaafsma (2018)
Micah Schaafsma is the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, leading the Computer and Information Systems department at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA. He serves as the liaison between central IT and executive leadership, providing vision, direction, and strategy for integrating technology and business intelligence into all areas of campus operations. Since joining SPU in 2004, he has held a number of roles, including Director of Software Systems, Director of Enterprise Systems, and Deputy CIO. Micah also serves as a member of the institution’s University Advisory Council and the Core Support Operations Team.
In his time at SPU, Micah has focused on improving operational efficiency and transparency, and on pivoting IT from being a service provider into a strategic business partner aligned with institutional goals. Along the way, he has streamlined the IT department’s operations, implemented DevOps/agile methodologies to improve efficiency, drastically reduced service outages, tripled IT project success rates, and improved outcomes through data-driven decision making.
Micah holds an Executive MBA from University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, and a BA in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.
Seattle UniversityTravis Nation (2021)
Travis Nation is the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Seattle University. As Chief Information Officer, Travis is charged with the creation of IT initiatives that integrate with Seattle University’s Strategic Directions, institutional culture, and long-term goals. Travis provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, secure, and robust information technology environment throughout the University. His primary responsibilities encompass a wide variety of strategic technology areas including IT governance and policy, resource allocation, information technology protocols, and IT Services organization. IT Services provides support for classroom and event technologies, delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems, business intelligence and analytics, and client support services.
Prior to his current role, Travis served as the Associate Chief Information Officer for seven years. Travis has years of experience leading IT in higher education, state government, and the private sector. He holds an M.B.A. in Information Technology Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire and a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Wyoming.
Southern Oregon UniversityThomas Battaglia (2018)
Tom Battaglia, Chief Information Officer at Southern Oregon University, has 17 plus years as an I.T. leader and lead technologist in higher education, government, and the private sector. Tom came to SOU from the Oregon Department of Revenue, where he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer overseeing 75 employees. Tom gained higher education experience as the University of Montana’s Assistant Chief Information Officer for six years. Prior to that, while at the City of Boulder, Colorado, Tom served in a number of I.T. leadership roles, including Applications Manager, Client Services Manager, Software Development Manager, and Systems Architect.
Tom was drawn to his I.T. career while working on a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, researching catalysis and ion-exchange with the hope of discovering an approach to lower the energy required to dissociate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Tom found that he enjoyed the computer modeling and computing aspects of the field more than the chemistry itself, and he pivoted to a career in the tech industry. Tom is originally from Denver, Colorado. He is a fly fisherman, drummer, guitarist, and recording engineer.
The Evergreen State CollegeTony Alfonso (2014)
Tony (Antonio) Alfonso is the Director of Computing and Communications at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In this role, Tony is the chief information officer leading the central IT team responsible for networking, telecommunications, administrative technology, application support, academic technology and electronic maintenance and engineering. Formally trained in software engineering and leadership, Tony has applied those skills in developing custom enterprise-wide software systems and implementing off-the-shelf ERP?s. He has worked at Evergreen since 2002, when he was hired to implement Banner Finance. Tony has held several positions in higher education over the last 17 years, including Associate Director of Administrative Computing, Sr. Systems Analyst/Programmer, Accounting Manager, Business Analyst and Associate Controller/Bursar (at Florida Gulf Coast University).
Prior to higher ed, he was a financial analyst with the City of Miami Beach, FL for almost 10 years. Buried within this resume, Tony was also Vice President of a successful family business (Florida Burglar Alarms, Inc.), designing, implementing and maintaining residential and commercial electronic alarm and surveillance systems.
Tony earned his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS) from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (in Finance) from the University of Miami. His current research interests include organizational leadership, project management and software development, operations and quality assurance (DevOps). Tony likes to volunteer at several non-profit organizations, including the Latino Youth Summit, sits on several State of Washington IT advisory committees, and was the 2014 chair of the Washington Higher Education Technology Consortium (WHETC). In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and son and doing do-it-yourself (a.k.a. tinkering) projects around the homestead.
University of Alaska SystemBen Shier (2022)
Ben Shier is the University of Alaska system’s Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO). Previously he served as the Chief Information Officer of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Chief Technology Officer for Policy and Planning and Chief Finance and Budget Officer at the Alaska State Office of Information Technology, Governor’s Media Technology Coordinator, the Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Director of Operations for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, and several other executive leadership roles within the State of Alaska central IT organization.
University of HawaiiGarret Yoshimi (2015)
As the University of Hawai’i’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VPIT/CIO), Garret Yoshimi is responsible for UH systemwide information technology systems and services. Garret provides executive leadership in collaboratively setting forth the overall vision, goals, strategies and plans for the effective and appropriate use of information technologies to advance the UH System.
Garret joined UH in January 2015. Prior to serving as UH VPIT/CIO, he was vice president and chief operating officer for eWorld Enterprise Solutions. He has more than 35 years of experience in information technology in both the public and private sectors in Hawai’i. He has served as the first CIO for the Hawai’i Judiciary, senior technology executive for the East-West Center and CIO for DTRIC Insurance.
Garret also previously served as telecommunications manager before being promoted to director of technology infrastructure for the University of Hawai’i. He actively represented the University of Hawai’i in state and national venues as a member of EDUCAUSE, Internet2 and the Association for College and University Technology Advancement, which awarded him the Bill D. Morris award for individual leadership.
A native of Honolulu, Garret earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a graduate certificate in telecommunications and information resource management from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
University of IdahoDaniel Ewart (2012)
Dan serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Idaho. In this role he leads a team of over 100 professionals serving the technology needs of the main Moscow campus, centers across the state, and students around the world. Prior to joining UI, Dan served as the Director of Information Services at the University of Wyoming and as Director of Information Technology at Dubai Aerospace Engineering University in Dubai, UAE. Before supporting higher education computing, Dan worked as a technology leader in the private sector for companies such as Interlink Group and Accenture.
Dan earned his B.S. in MIS (1993) and his MPA (2010) from the University of Wyoming. He is highly engaged in regional, state and community activities including non-profit board membership and youth sports.
University of MontanaZachary Rossmiller (2020)
Zach Rossmiller is the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Montana (UM). Zach provides vision and strategic leadership for UM’s computing and information technology enterprise and drives innovative solutions to support academics and research. These efforts have earned Zach several prestigious awards, including UM’s Sustainability Award for improving energy savings and operational efficiencies, and recognition from the academic community for implementing innovative measures that provide students greater access to campus IT resources. Zach has received several National Science Foundation grant awards aimed at improving UM’s research cyber-infrastructure. This resulted in UM’s first high-performance compute cluster and high-speed Science-DMZ. With experience in planning, implementing and supporting existing and next-generation enterprise solutions, Zach is dedicated to providing forward-thinking ideas that unify, empower, and establish IT leadership in higher education.
Prior to assuming the CIO role in 2020, Zach served as UM’s Executive Director of Cyber-Infrastructure and was responsible for campus wide systems administration, research computing, data centers, network infrastructure, telecommunications, and classroom technology.
Zach is an active member of the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium, the Northern Tier Network Consortium, Pacific NorthWest GigaPop, Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium, and serves on the board of directors for the Health Information Exchange of Montana. In addition, Zach has served on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana board of directors.
Zach received an MBA, a B.S. in Management Information Systems, and an AAS in Computer Networking from the University of Montana. Along with earning degrees, Zach has taught UM courses on operating systems, enterprise security, desktop security, and business systems analysis design.
University of OregonAbhijit Pandit (2022)
Abhijit Pandit is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Oregon, where he is responsible for the IT strategy and services in support of the university’s teaching, research, and service mission. Abhijit also oversees the university’s central IT department, which provides a broad range of technology services to UO students, faculty, and staff. His leadership experience spans Higher Education, Academic Medical Centers, Research, Healthcare, Non-Profit Public Corporations as well as corporate entities like Nike, Dr. Pepper Seven Up, Kellogg’s Keebler, and Cadbury Schweppes. Abhijit Pandit is also a member of the faculty at OHSU, having previously taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, and the University of Phoenix. Additionally, he serves on the board of Link Oregon.
Abhijit holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Washington.
University of PortlandGreg Pitter (2022)
Greg Pitter has served as the Chief Information Officer at the University of Portland since 2022. His prior higher education IT background has included a variety of leadership positions at Portland Community College, Portland State University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a leader, Greg has focused on improving employee engagement, evolving the role of the CIO within the organization, and creating a more welcoming workplace for a diverse workforce, and has presented at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference on these subjects. He has also spearheaded major projects in business process automation, identity and access management, and data governance.
Greg studied Math and Music as an undergraduate at Willamette University and holds Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Berkeley. He has a deep fondness for baking and enjoys bringing in his creations to share with his staff.
University of Puget SoundFrancisco Chavez (2023)
Francisco Chavez is the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for Technology Services at the University of Puget Sound. As CIO, Francisco oversees Technology Services and is tasked with providing visionary leadership for developing and advocating for technology strategy. Being a member of the Finance and Administration team, he plays a critical role in the execution of Puget Sound’s strategic plan. He also provides executive leadership in developing solutions, services, and infrastructure to promote the goals of the institution.
Francisco is a graduate of St. Mary’s College, holding both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the institution. A forward-thinking strategist and leader, Francisco implemented several key initiatives during his time at St. Mary’s College to improve the organization’s information technology infrastructure, ensure data security, and align technology solutions to the institution’s goals.
University of WashingtonAndreas Bohman (2022; 2014-19: CWU)
Andreas Bohman has served as the University of Washington (UW) CIO and Vice President for Information Technology since March 2022. The Seattle-based UW serves about 50,000 students with 16 schools and colleges and two branch campuses. Bohman brings to this complex institution a unique leadership style shaped by experiences in large corporations, executive positions in public higher education, and service in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence and Special Forces officer. He currently serves on the Washington State WaTech Technology Services Board Security Subcommittee. His inclusive, straightforward, and humorous leadership style is informed by the cultural values of his native Sweden. Andreas holds an MS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and an Executive MBA from Washington State University.
Washington State UniversityTony Opheim (2023)
With over 30 years of higher education information technology experience at public, land-grant universities, Tony serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Washington State University. Tony’s career began at the University of Idaho where he served for 22 years. In 2012, he joined Washington State University as Associate VP and Deputy CIO and served as Interim VP and CIO from February 2023 until his current appointment of VP and CIO, effective August 1, 2023.
As VP and CIO, Tony is responsible for WSU’s systemwide information technology systems and services and collaborates with stakeholders across the university to advance WSU’s mission, vision, and values. His work effectively promotes an enhanced infrastructure and technology planning process that supports WSU’s growth. Tony aspires to be a leader, coach, mentor, and collaborator and believes in “leadership by example, management by process.”
Opheim received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Idaho where he also taught for seven years and served on various advisory boards, including the Idaho Regional Optical Network and Pacific Northwest Gigapop.
When not in his office, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling and formula car racing!
Western Washington UniversityChuck Lanham (2017)
Chuck Lanham assumed the role of Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at Western Washington University in July 2017. Overseeing IT for the University, Chuck ensures the delivery of secure, reliable, user-centered technology services of broad scope and purpose, develops and implements technology-related policies and procedures, and works with University administration in the strategic planning, prioritization, and resourcing of technology initiatives.
Prior to joining Western, Chuck served in various positions at two other NWACC institutions. He served as the Associate Chief Information Officer at Portland State University for four years, overseeing academic and research computing and IT customer services. Before PSU, Chuck spent 17 years at the University of Idaho as the Senior Director of Enterprise Computing Support.
Chuck has an MBA from the University of Idaho and an undergraduate degree in Financial Management and Technology from Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD.
Whitman CollegeDan Terrio (2001)
Dan Terrio is the Chief Information Officer at Whitman College. Prior to joining Whitman, Dan held positions as CTO at Lewis & Clark College, CTO for Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, the Director of Information Technology for the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Ohio, and Manager of Academic Computing at Augsburg College in Minnesota.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Augsburg College and completed graduate work (ABD) towards a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. Dan has made presentations at a variety of conferences including EDUCAUSE and the Society for College and University Planning.
From 2001 to 2005, Dan served on the National Datatel Users Group Board of Directors. Dan has served in various capacities within EDUCAUSE, including the Administrative Award Committee, regional conference program committee and the SAC program committee.
Dan has been active in NWACC since joining the council in 2001 and served as the Vice Chair of the Board from 2005 to 2006 and Chair of the Board from 2006 to 2008.
WICHERussell Poulin (2019)
Russ Poulin leads WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, advocates for effective practice and policy for technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET’s members represent institutions, state agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations from all fifty states and a few from Canada. As WICHE Vice President, he advises on policy and projects for the regional higher education compact. Russ has represented the distance education community in federal negotiated rulemaking processes. Russ received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He is also partial to movies, cats, and his wife, Laurie.
Willamette UniversityJeremy Lovato (2023)
Jeremy Lovato, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Willamette University since August 2023, is a strategic IT leader renowned for his collaborative approach and diverse expertise. Hailing from New Mexico, Jeremy’s journey in IT leadership has been marked by his passion for community-driven technology solutions.
As the CIO of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Jeremy served as an executive member and strategic partner to deliver technology solutions that were designed to enhance and support all aspects of state transportation. Jeremy was recognized for establishing New Mexico’s first public sector broadband infrastructure strategic collaborative in which he joined forces with leaders in public safety, tribal communities, higher education, K-12, and economic development to leverage existing right-of-way infrastructure in the design of a statewide fiber network.
At Santa Fe Community College, Jeremy served as the CIO, executive member, and president of the New Mexico Consortium for Higher Education Computing Services. Working alongside other colleges, Jeremy helped initiate a first-of-its-kind initiative of converting six independent Higher Education institutions to a common and single instance SIS/ERP.
Jeremy also served as the Vice President of Technology Solutions, an outsourced and Managed Services Provider, where his expertise supported diverse verticals ranging from homeland security to hospitality.
For enjoyment, Jeremy coaches competitive youth soccer, is an avid big game hunter, and a Honey-Do enthusiast!