Matt Riley


Chief Information Officer for the University of Illinois-Chicago and a career-long technologist and IT leader in higher education.  I promote IT in our universities as a community of leaders and problem solvers that can help move ideas to solutions on a campus.  I value relationships, personal and professional, and strive to build up my network of colleagues in higher education.  At UIC, IT is focused on innovation, as well as enabling much of the mission of UIC's diverse and growing research and education profile.  We are shaping technology and related services in an agile, mission-aligned, collaborative and user-focused way to enable our students, faculty, researchers and staff.

I have broad experience in leading IT organizations and successful, enterprise-wide technology projects and initiatives.  I 'grew up' in IT at the University of Redlands from 1991-2007, starting as a programmer/analyst and eventually directing enterprise IT as it grew from small team supporting an ERP and communications in 1991, to an integrated IT support enterprise supporting an advanced campus IT infrastructure, remote campuses and evolved academic technology in support of teaching and learning by 2007.  Working as Director of IT for the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford from 2007 to 2013, I brought both successful school-wide technology projects and a strong partnership with central IT (now UIT at Stanford).  Many of the cohesive ways in which Stanford's IT groups collaborate came about during my time leading IT at their largest school.  While CIO at Montana from 2013 to 2018, I brought together my administrative and academic IT leadership experience, guiding IT at UM to new heights of IT maturity and leadership across many campus-wide endeavors where IT became a leader in bringing groups together around positive change.  We linked IT to research in new ways, made bold advances in campus and statewide networking that included becoming a 100G network connector with Internet2, and more generally we opened up IT to the campus community in ways that brought central IT folks together with distributed groups academic units.  Moving over to the University of Oregon as CTO in 2018, I led the Information Services infrastructure teams and technology strategy.  I have moved back to a CIO role at the end of 2020, now at UIC, as this diverse and growing campus in Chicago offered a new CIO opportunity centered in innovation.

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