Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Montana State University
Montana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 08, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

As the state’s land-grant university, Montana State integrates education, creation of knowledge and art and service to communities.

Montana State University (MSU) is seeking a vice president for information technology and chief information officer (VP/CIO) to join the team and provide leadership and vision in the changing landscape of information technology in a higher education environment.  The VP/CIO will be committed to service excellence by creating strategic partnerships and providing collaborative information technology services for the four MSU campuses.  The VP/CIO will provide leadership for the development and implementation of innovative technology solutions and services to support the land-grant mission, in alignment with the institutional strategic plan.

The VP/CIO provides effective leadership for all aspects of the technological architecture, security, and integration ensuring technology investments support MSU’s strategic imperatives and priorities. The VP/CIO engages constituents across university divisions and functions regarding IT needs and aligns the University Information Technology’s (UIT) priorities with the University’s strategic plan.  

The VP/CIO oversees centrally managed information technology infrastructure and services, and also oversees information technology personnel across the Bozeman campus through shared service reporting relationships. The VP/CIO also provides leadership and guidance to the affiliate campus CIOs.


The VP/CIO coordinates these responsibilities with a variety of constituents including but not limited to: the main campus in Bozeman with its colleges, research centers and other institutional units; its remote nursing campuses; Montana Agricultural Experiment stations; Extension Service; affiliated campuses in Billings, Great Falls, and Havre; other campuses of the Montana University System; the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, State of Montana;  federal agencies; and outside service providers associated with information technology activities.


  • a master’s degree in business administration, information management, information technology, computer science, engineering, or a related field, with a successful track record of progressively responsible management experience in information technology or an equivalent combination of education and/or substantial experience.
  • demonstrated success as a leader in a senior information or technology management position.
  • a significant record of progressive accomplishment as a leader of a complex information technology organization.


  • a doctorate degree.
  • experience in a leadership position in a large research university environment.
  • experience working with IT systems across a multi-campus university.


Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Montana State University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. The profile can be found at For a full application package, please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until the time finalists are named.

Initial screening of applications will begin November 23, 2020 and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Betty Asher, Partner & Vice President
Joe Stanley, Senior Executive Search Consultant

For more information about Montana State University, please visit

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.