Theresa Rowe


Theresa Rowe is the Chief Information Officer for University Technology Services at Oakland University. Located in Rochester, Michigan, Oakland University is a public university offering over 200 undergraduate, graduate, professional and certificate programs to 20,000 students. She served as the coordinator for the Educause CIO Constituent Group from 2006 to 2015, and received the Educause Community Leadership Award in 2014. Theresa was named a Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, & Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education in 2015. She joined Oakland University in 1990 as a senior systems analyst and held several technology positions at the university before being named Assistant Vice President in 2003. Ms. Rowe is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University. Project experience includes creating an evergreen strategic plan, leading a successful governance model, developing a ten year network plan, upgrading data-center facilities, implementation of two ERP systems, and implementing an open-source portal. She is especially interested in staff professional development, the building of a successful and strategic IT organization, and team building for successful projects.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • New Approaches to Higher Education IT Strategic Planning
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This paper looks at causes for the shift in how institutions are approaching IT strategic planning and how IT strategic planning relates to overall institutional planning. In addition, new models and trends in IT strategic planning are identified to help guide IT organizations as they are considering their own strategic planning approach.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


EDUCAUSE Primary Representative
ECAR Subscriber
ELI Member

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • ECAR-CDS Information Systems and Applications Working Group
    • ECAR, 2016 - 2019
  • EDUCAUSE Connect 2017 Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2016 - 0001
  • ECAR IT Strategic Plans Working Group
    • ECAR, 2015 - 2018
  • ECAR IT Strategic Plans Working Group
    • ECAR, 2015 - 2018
  • ECAR Working Groups Advisory Committee
    • ECAR, 2013 - 2016