Matthew Ricks


As Senior Director of IT Facilities Infrastructure & Resilience at Stanford University, I direct a blend of IT-specific and university-wide operational and strategic initiatives. My team is responsible for providing management and support of the underlying foundational physical infrastructure for IT services including the outside plant (including conduit, copper, fiber), inside plant (including MDFs/IDFs, pathway, copper, fiber, network jacks), and mission critical facilities (data centers and communication hubs) housing production and development IT systems and network infrastructure. I also drive to promote IT resilience through disaster recovery, business continuity planning, crisis management, and problem management efforts.

I joined Stanford in 2008 as Executive Director of Computing Services. In that role, I had university-wide responsibility for data center operations, infrastructure applications (email, calendar, web, directory), network storage, as well as database and systems administration. My team deployed cloud-based solutions for email/calendar, file sharing, content management, and online backup/archive.

Prior to Stanford, I served 20 years at Sun Microsystems in global and regional leadership roles with responsibility for vendor management, outsourcing, application development and support, IT operations, data center operations, and systems administration.

I recently earned a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Homeland Security (Information Security and Forensics Option) from Penn State University. I previously earned an MBA degree from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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