Suzanne Traxler


Sue Traxler is Assistant Chancellor for Learning and Information Technology/CIO at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She is responsible for leading a customer focused IT organization that delivers innovative, efficient and effective technology systems and services to advance the teaching, research, and service mission of UW-Stout. She participates as an active member of the leadership of the University, including university-wide groups and UW-Systems groups. Sue guides the overall direction for technology through strategic planning, evaluation, budgeting, and management of all areas of technology. Sue leads a staff of 35 technology professionals in providing technology support to the institution. Prior to UW-Stout, Sue was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT/CIO at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.  She spent 4 years leading technology and project management at UW Platteville including the implementation of a project management office, an IT strategic plan and several IT colaborations with other UW campuses.  Before UW-Platteville, Sue was the Associate Director of Information Technology Services at Carleton College where she had been for 20 years, and has worked in higher education information technology support for 27 years. Her role at Carleton College focused on providing leadership, staff mentoring, budgeting and project planning for IT professionals as they provided campus wide technology support. She assisted in managing a staff of 33+ technology professionals. Before Carleton, she worked at the University of Minnesota providing technology support & training for faculty, staff and students. Sue has been involved in planning events both on campus and within professional organizations, including hosting several annual regional user groups for the Midwest colleges. Sue has several years of experience planning both regional and national Datatel User Group conferences, both as a participant as well as chair for the regional planning. Sue has served as an adjunct proposal reader for both the 2009 and 2011 National EDUCAUSE conference and has been an active member of CLAC (Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges). She will be serving as a lead for the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable at the 2015 and 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, and spent 2 years as one of two hosts for the EDUCAUSE Live! webinar series. She served as chair of the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee from 2012 - 2014 and was previously a member of the Midwest EDUCAUSE Conference Planning Committee. She participates in UW-Stout campus and UW System wide committees. Sue holds a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Information Technology Management from Capella University.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Technology in Higher Education: Guiding Aspiring Leaders
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    In May 2015 EDUCAUSE and Jisc convened a new working group of ten UK and U.S. IT leaders and challenged them to explore the question “How do we best prepare the next generation to lead?”

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Hawkins Leadership Roundtable 2016
    • Member: 2016 - Present
  • Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Council 2015
    • Member: 2015
  • EDUCAUSE/Jisc Working Group
    • Member: 2015 - 2016
  • Recognition Committee
    • Chair: 2013 - 2014
    • Member: 2011 - 2014
  • EDUCAUSE Connect 2014 Ambassadors Committee
    • Member: 2013 - 2014
  • Midwest Regional Conference 2013 Program Committee
    • Member: 2012 - 2014