Brian Voss


Brian D. Voss consults on leadership and information technology in higher education. Completing his time as the first-ever EDUCAUSE Presidential Fellow in July 2014, he served the association and the community of higher education IT professionals as a knowledgeable and experienced voice, clearly articulating the critical role that information technology plays in addressing the transformation of higher education in the face of the disruption currently underway. Brian ended his CIO career at the University of Maryland in 2014, having served as its vice president for information technology (2011-2014). He served on the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors (2011-2014) and also on the Board of the Kuali Foundation (2012-2014) until his retirement. Brian briefly returned to the CIO ranks, serving as Interim CIO at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in the Fall of 2014. Between 2005 and 2011, Brian served as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO for Louisiana State University at the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, where while leading the central IT organization he also had oversight of the Louisiana Board of Regents' Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) initiative and oversight of operations for the Regents' Louisiana Optical Networking Initiative (LONI). Before his time at LSU, he was part of IT organizations at Indiana University for nearly 20 years, culminating in his appointment as Associate Vice President (Telecommunications). He also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Pervasive Technology Labs at Indiana University. Brian has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in information technology, both in higher education and in the private sector. Beyond his EDUCAUSE and Kuali Board roles, Brian's past service to the community includes: An appointment as a member of the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI) Campus Bridging Task Force; An elected member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) IT Steering Committee; A member of Microsoft's Higher Education Advisory Group; Co-Chair of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC); Deputy Chair and a founding member of the REN-ISAC Executive Advisory Group; An elected CIO representative to the Internet2 Architecture and Operations Advisory Council, and member of the Internet2 Abilene Executive Committee; A member of the LONI Management Council and served as their representative to the National LambdaRail (NLR) Board of Directors (he was also involved in the founding of NLR in 2003, representing the Committee on Institutional Cooperation [CIC] CIO group from his position at Indiana University). Brian has been a leader in helping develop campus and regional-level cyberinfrastructure. He was a contributor to the report from the Task Force on Campus Bridging as part of the NSF's Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure. While at Maryland, he was PI on a grant from the NSF CC-NIE program, for Software Defined Networking, and was involved in separate NSF grant awards that helped bring Indiana and Purdue Universities into the NSF "TeraGrid" environment in 2003 and a similar effort which brought Louisiana elements into the TeraGrid in 2007. During his career, he has been a Primary Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on projects awarded more than $12 million from the NSF. Throughout his career, Brian has been part of several ground-breaking IT initiatives, including enterprise software licensing strategies employed by major vendors (like Microsoft), LSU's program for credit monitoring with Equifax, and LSU's migration to the open source Moodle learning management system. He was very involved in cybersecurity initiatives throughout his career, and he gained recognition in the area of disaster recovery planning following experiences in Louisiana with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Brian's publication and presentation contributions span a broad set of topics, including cyberinfrastructure and high-performance computing environments, IT-enabled research, IT-enabled teaching and learning, telecommunications and advanced research networking, Administrative deployment of IT systems, IT support and pervasive computing, economic development impact of IT, IT leadership, IT strategic planning, IT security and policy, and disaster impacts on business/IT continuity planning. He led initiatives that were recognized for excellence by EDUCAUSE for IU's work in advanced networks (I-Light) and online IT support systems (IU's Support Knowledgebase). Brian is an engineer by training, graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Keep up with Brian at:

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Challenges in ERP Strategy
    • Multimedia

    Higher Education IT Leaders talk about some of the challenges around administrative systems strategy.

  • EDUCAUSE 2012 Panel: A CIO's First Year
    • Article

    At the 2012 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, four panelists talked about a CIO's first year, sharing their experience and advice on learning the institutional culture, working with stakeholders, understanding what's really behind a problem surfaced to the IT department, and effectively supporting strategic changes in information technology on campus.

  • MOOCs: Get in the Game
    • Article

    Brian D. Voss is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Maryland.

EDUCAUSE Presentations

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Nominations Committee
    • ADVISORY, 2012 - 2013
  • EDUCAUSE Board of Directors
    • Board, 2011 - 2014
  • HEISC Leadership Team
    • Working Group, 2010 - 2016
  • HEISC Executive Committee
    • HISTORIC, 2009 - 2010
  • HEISC Executive Committee
    • HISTORIC, 2009 - 2010