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CMU’s first chief information officer announces retirement

Provost announces national search for Rehm’s replacement

Contact: Heather Smith

​After nearly 45 years as an employee of Central Michigan University, Roger Rehm, the university's first chief information officer, has announced his plans to retire next summer. 


Rehm began his tenure at Central in 1975, teaching oboe in what was then the Department of Music, now named the School of Music. He held this position until 2002, accompanied by several administrative roles, including assistant director of the school from 1985-97 and assistant to the dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts — now the College of the Arts and Media — from 1997-2002.

He was named interim associate dean of the college in 2002, then associate dean in 2003. In the fall of 2004, he was named interim chief technology officer in the Office of Information Technology. Following a national search, Rehm was named the university's first chief information officer in 2006.

Rehm supported the launch of SAP's Student Lifecycle Management (CMU's current student information system) and four major university website redesigns; guided the expansion of OIT's Information Security practice; and obtained funding for, designed and opened a new CMU Data Center. He also oversaw the construction of most of CMU's current network, as well as the initial installation and expansion of Wi-Fi on campus. Under his leadership, information technology system reliability and levels of customer satisfaction also have steadily improved.

Outside of work, Rehm has served as principal oboe of the Midland Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and regularly performs with the organization.

Search for a new CIO

Provost Mary C. Schutten has announced a national search for Rehm's replacement, chaired by Kathy Irwin, dean of University Libraries, and assisted by search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Other committee members are:

  • Frim Ampaw, faculty, educational leadership.
  • Cali Clark, HR representative.
  • Abby Dean, director of integrated marketing, University Communications.
  • Jon Humiston, provost's appointee.
  • Keith Malkowski, registrar.
  • Jeff McDowell, associate director, user services and support, Office of Information Technology.
  • Dave Patton, interim associate dean, College of Science and Engineering.
  • Mary Roy, associate general counsel.
  • Cal Seelye, executive director, auxiliary services.
  • Andrew Spencer, faculty, School of Music.
  • Jennifer Stilwell, project manager, Office of Information Technology.
  • Tina Thompson, senior associate dean for academic affairs, College of Medicine.
  • Heidi Tracy, vice president, advancement.

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