Officers of the Corporation
Marty Ringle Presidentringle@nwacc.org
Marty Ringle is President of the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium. From 1989 to 2020, he served as Chief Information Officer of Reed College. Marty has chaired a number of higher education boards such as EDUCAUSE, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC), and REN-ISAC and has served on many advisory groups such as those for Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, NeXT, InCommon, the Internet2 Network Council, and others. Marty received the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in 2003 and was co-leader of the EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group from 2016 through 2019. As a peer consultant, Marty has assisted more than 150 universities, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Marty has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Binghamton University, jointly sponsored by the T.J. Watson School of Engineering. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and later led the development of the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in cognitive science while serving as chair of Vassar College’s computer science department.
Marianne Colgrove Vice President – Secretarymcolgrove@nwacc.org
Marianne Colgrove is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at Reed College. She is responsible for managing IT operating and capital budgets, campus IT procurement, data classification and privacy guidelines, and PCI compliance. She engages in a wide variety of cross-campus collaborations such as data governance, IT strategic planning, emergency planning, grant-funded initiative to support undergraduate research, support for digital accessibility, identity and access management, and project management community.
Marianne has also served professional organizations in a variety of roles, including NWACC board and council member, Leadership Development Program faculty, and co-chair NW HEAT digital accessibility collaboration. Other professional contributions include Consortium of Liberal Arts College board member and treasurer, and EDUCAUSE annual conference program committee member.
Board of Directors
Virginia Tomlinson Chair of the Board (Term end: 12/31/24)Central Washington University
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.
Daniel Ewart Vice-Chair (1/1/23 – 12/31/24) and Chair-Elect (1/1/25-12/31/26)University of Idaho
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.
Brad Christ (Term end: 12/31/23)Eastern Washington University
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.
Borre Ulrichsen (Term end: 12/31/23)Gonzaga University
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.
Andrea Ballinger (Term end: 12/31/23)Oregon State University
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.
Brandon Gatke (Term end:12/31/24)Pacific University
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.
Chuck Lanham (Term end:12/31/24)Western Washington University
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.