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Five candidates for chief information officer will attend open forums at CMU.

Meet finalists for chief information officer

Campus and community invited to open forums for five top candidates

Contact: Ari Harris


​Central Michigan University has narrowed its search for a chief information officer to five candidates.

The 14-member search committee, assisted by search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, has invited the following candidates to participate in open forums held in the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium in Park Library.

The forums are open to the campus and community and will also be available to view via livestream on CentralLink..

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Cathy O'Bryan
1-1:50 p.m.

O'Bryan is associate vice president of client services, support and constituent relationship management in university information technology services at Indiana University, where she also previously served as director of client support. Her prior positions include director of user services and interim director of academic technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as director-level IT positions with several school districts. O'Bryan earned a master's degree in education with a concentration in information technology from Governor's State University in Illinois and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Friday, Feb. 28: Wendy Woodward
10-10:50 a.m.

Woodward is chief information officer at Wheaton College in Illinois, a position that was expanded in 2018 to include campus services officer. She also previously served as director of technology support services at Northwestern University and as vice president for customer service and human resources at Hire Quality Inc. Woodward holds a Master of Science degree in communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management from North Park University. She also has completed coursework within the Kellogg School of Management Executive Education Program.

Monday, March 2: Matthew Parks
10-10:50 a.m.

Parks is chief information officer at Northern Illinois University and also serves as executive director and president of Illinois Fiber Resources Group. Previously, he was director of technology and program management at ISCO International and manager of Midwest region performance, planning and optimization for Sprint Nextel. Parks holds a Master of Public Administration degree in public finance from Northern Illinois University, completed a graduate certificate in public management at Northern Illinois University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa.

Wednesday, March 4: Dawn Stoyanoff
1-1:50 p.m.

Stoyanoff is associate vice chancellor of information technology and chief information officer at the University of Arkansas. Previously, she was higher education and academic medical center practice director for Information Services Group in Austin, Texas. Her previous roles include executive director of systemwide shared information services for the University of Texas system and director of program management at the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a doctoral degree in organization and management from Capella University, a master's degree in communications from Northeastern Illinois University, and a bachelor's degree in business administration and speech communications from Monmouth College.

Thursday, March 5: Jim Bujaki
1-1:50 p.m.

Bujaki is director of IT infrastructure and enterprise operations at BDO USA. He was director of infrastructure projects at Pennsylvania State University and held a series of progressive leadership roles at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, including executive director of infrastructure services and operations. Bujaki earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Michigan State University.

The search for CMU's next CIO began in October, following the announcement that CMU's first chief information officer, Roger Rehm, planned to retire after nearly 45 years of service.


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