Michael B. Hofherr is Ohio State's Vice President and Chief Information Officer. This role includes the leadership of two departments - the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) and Enterprise Security.
His responsibilities include the planning, alignment, budgeting, design, implementation and operation of information systems and in support of the university's strategies and objectives. He establishes the IT strategy, policy, standards and direction of processes for the university's information technology organizations.
Hofherr is also responsible for the distance education and learning technology work at the university. His responsibilities include all forms of the university's distance education and eLearning efforts, including online degree offerings, credit courses, non-credit certificates, and hybrid as well as pure distance programming. He is also responsible for supporting the delivery of classroom technology and eLearning efforts.
Although dozens of projects and initiatives are completed each year, Hoffher and his team are currently focused on four key areas:
- Digital Flagship: 2019 begins year 2 of a five-year Digital Flagship, a student success initiative comprised of iPad technology, coding curriculum, and app development resources, including a mobile design lab.
- Enterprise Project: The team is in the active transition of ERP systems from PeopleSoft to Workday with the first of a series of phased roll-outs targeted for this summer.
- Managed IT Services: Collaborating with distributed IT areas to identify core and common services they currently do departmentally which could benefit from transitioning to OCIO/ODEE, allowing them to focus on the unique technology for their area, increasing reliability and security while often reducing costs.
- Cybersecurity: Aggressively implementing systems and services, like two-factor authentication, which allow the university protect the institutional and individual data.
- Affordable Learning: The Affordable Learning Exchange was created with the ambitious goal of dramatically reducing textbook costs through the transition to free or reduced cost digital resources. To date, we have saved students over five million dollars in direct costs.
Mike Hofherr joined Ohio State from Penn State in 2011 bringing an extensive background in managing and leading all aspects of learning technology projects. He was named Ohio State's associate vice president for distance education and eLearning in 2012 and Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2014. He holds a BS in communications media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MS in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University.