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.