Two candidates to interview at CSU-Pueblo next week for Information Technology post


Two candidates to interview at CSU-Pueblo next week for Information Technology post
 
PUEBLO – Two candidates for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Colorado State University-Pueblo will be on campus for interviews next week.
 
John Blegen, chief technologist and project manager of the Common Education Data Standards for the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association in Boulder, will interview on August 26 and 27 and Erich Matola, chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will interview on August 28 and 29. Jennifer Torres has served as interim director of Information Technology Services since the retirement of David Niccoli in May of 2011.
 
 Reporting directly to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, the CIO is the principal administrator responsible for all information technology and related services that support teaching, student learning, research, administrative processes, outreach, and public service. The CIO serves as the information technology representative on numerous university committees, including the Academic Council and the statewide Colorado Higher Education CIO Council. This position exists to provide leadership, management, and operational oversight of the ITS environment.
 
John BlegenJohn Blegen

Since 2010, Blegen has supervised a new national collaborative initiative to develop and implement standard data definitions at all grade levels, from pre-school to post-secondary, administering $2.5 of a $10 M budget of a the State Higher Education Executive Officers, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and US Department of Education project funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2007-2010, he served as chief information officer for Stanley Consultants in Muscatine, Ia., a $200 million global engineering consulting and design company. Blegen was vice president of advanced systems and chief information officer for USA Group Noell-Levitz in Iowa City, IA from 1993 – 1998, where he was product manager and chief engineer for multiple software products used widely in higher education as well as directed technology strategy and operations, including data center, networks, computers, and phones, for 18 domestic sites and several international project locations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College (SD) and a Master of Business Administration in Management Science and Finance from the University of Iowa.
 
Erich Matola Erich Matola

Since 2009, Matola has provided leadership and vision for all technology issues for the University of Wisconsin--Platteville, a comprehensive public university, supporting more than 8,000 students and almost 500 full- time faculty and staff  as chief information officer.  He served in a similar capacity at the University of Phoenix (northern California campus), Alliant International University in San Diego, Calif., and at New College of Florida, where he orchestrated all aspects of the year-long University of South Florida/new College of Florida split relative to data, voice, and Internet, as well as transitional technical and applications support. He also has experience as a Software Applications Development Project Manager. He earned an associate’s degree in information management from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s degree in German from the University of Maryland, and two master’s degrees, one in education from Chapman University (CA) and one in systems management with an emphasis on information systems from the College of Notre Dame (CA).
 
More information about the candidates may be found at:
 
 
The schedules for the two candidates are similar:
 

JOHN BLEGEN, August  26-27

August 26
4:30-5:30    Tour of Campus with Craig Cason and Jennifer Torres
 
5:30-7        Dinner with Search Committee, LARC Archives Room   
 
August 27   
7:30-8:30    IT Staff,  OUCHearthwell Lounge
   
8:30-9:30    Search Committee, OUC Hearthwell Lounge
 
9:30-11        President’s University Leadership Team, OUC Hearthwell Lounge
 
11:00-Noon    Classified and Administration/Professional Staff, OUC Cottonwood
 
Noon-1:30    Lunch with direct report employees, OUC President’s Dining Room
   
1:30-2:30    Provost Rick Kreminski, Provost’s Conference Room
 
2:30-3:30    Students, ASG Chambers
 
3:30-4:30    Faculty, OUC Cottonwood Room
 
4:30-5:30    Search Committee Wrap-up, OUC  President’s Dining Room
 
 
 

ERICH MATOLA, August 28-29

August 28
4:30-5:30    Tour of Campus with Craig Cason and Jennifer Torres
 
5:30-7        Dinner with Search Committee, LARC Archives Room    
 
August 29       
7:30-8:30    IT Staff , OUC Hearthwell Lounge
 
8:30-9:30    Search Committee, OUC Hearthwell Lounge
 
9:30-11        President’s University Leadership Team , OUCHearthwell Lounge
 
11-Noon        Classified and Administration/Professional Staff, OUC Cottonwood
 
Noon-1:30    Lunch with direct report employees, OUC President’s Dining Room
       
1:30-2:30    Provost Rick Kreminski, Provost’s Conference Room
 
2:30-3:30    Students, ASG Chambers
 
3:30-4:30    Faculty, OUC Cottonwood
 
4:30-5:30    Search Committee Wrap-up, OUC President’s Dining Room
 

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