Dr. Michael Casdorph is a seasoned information technology executive with more than 30 years’ experience, including 23 years dedicated to higher education and nearly 12 years in academic healthcare. In his role as vice president for information technology and chief information officer, Dr. Casdorph and his team are responsible for creating and sustaining a responsive, efficient, and secure technology ecosystem, and providing tools to enable innovative teaching and learning, groundbreaking research and scholarship, and data-driven decision making that advances the educational, research, and clinical activities and ambitions of Augusta University, across both the university and health system enterprise, at multiple campuses and locations throughout the state of Georgia. In addition, he oversees the provisioning of purchased IT services for Augusta University Health System, Georgia Correctional Healthcare, and Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home. He oversees a staff of 155 and an annual operating budget of over $20 million.
Joining Augusta University in 2009 as director instructional support and educational design, Dr. Casdorph has served in progressively responsible roles as associate vice president academic and research technology, associate vice president for information technology and deputy chief information officer, and interim vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He was appointed vice president for information technology and chief information officer in 2019. Prior to coming to Augusta University, he spent twelve years at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where was the director network systems, architecture, and infrastructure.
Over the past several years, significant enhancements have been made to Augusta University's IT infrastructure and services to include refreshed and upgraded data center and university network, and a major effort to refresh >2,000 endpoint devices. Additionally, a major emphasis has been placed on improving the university’s and health system’s cybersecurity posture and improving compliance, to include FERPA, GLBA, and HIPAA. In 2019, outsourced IT functions were moved inhouse with new enterprise functions created for cyber defense, enterprise information systems, and IT architecture. Additionally, IT support for both teaching and research have been enhanced with dedicated and distributed teams embedded throughout our colleges.
Dr. Casdorph earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Marylhurst University, a master’s degree in Educational Technology from University of South Carolina, and a doctoral degree in Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. He is also a graduate of Columbia Business School Technology Leadership Institute, and the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute.
Dr. Casdorph and his wife, Danene, are the proud parents of Matthew, Madison, Kaitlyn, and Kendel, and grandparents of Bailey.