Stephen Reed to join Metropolitan State as Chief Information Officer

Metropolitan State University has named Stephen Reed as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He will start at Metropolitan State on Monday, April 25. The university community was able to meet with Stephen during interviews and at his public presentation earlier in March.

As Chief Information Officer (CIO), Stephen will be responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for information technology at the university, and providing senior executive leadership to the Information Technology Services (ITS) division. As a member of the President’s Executive Team, he will also contribute to the development and direction of institutional and instructional strategies for the university as a whole, and will be an active partner in system-level technology efforts to align the university and system-level technology innovations and ensure compliance with system procedures relating to data and information security.

Stephen has 18 years of experience in information technology and higher education. Since 2008, he has served as the CIO for the University of Wisconsin – River Falls where he successfully implemented the Division of Technology Services’ Professional Services Department including a Project Management Office, a Service Management Team and Continuous Improvement and Change Management Team. Stephen previously worked at Anoka Ramsey Community College where he held the roles of CIO, dean of Educational Services, and director of Information Systems Programs and Cisco Regional Academy.

Stephen has also been a member of the community faculty at Metropolitan State University, teaching in the College of Management and he has also taught courses in computer networking at Anoka Ramsey Community College. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Metropolitan State University and a bachelor’s degree in science from the Minnesota State University, Mankato.

“I am confident that Steve will provide strategic leadership to both the ITS division and to the broader university community as we engage in developing and executing a technology vision for the future,” Interim President Devinder Malhotra said in an announcement to the university staff and faculty on Wednesday.