Harvard CIO Council

Formed in 2012, Harvard’s CIO Council meets bi-weekly and is charged with leading and advancing University-wide IT strategies, policies, and standards, in support of the missions of both the individual schools and the University.

CIO Council Vision


Empower the Harvard community through technology that enables:

  • Effortless access to data, information, and knowledge
  • Rapid and profound innovation in teaching, learning, and research
  • Seamless collaboration across communities and disciplines
  • Effective and efficient administration

See the Strategic Plan and the top initiatives for the CIO Council.

Delivering on Harvard's IT Vision

Watch the 2012 video that set Harvard's IT Vision.

Together the CIO Council...

Develops the IT Strategic Plan for Harvard
The CIO Council developed the first-ever IT Strategic Plan in 2012 to define a vision and priorities on which the various schools could collaborate. Five years later, having launched all 16 initiatives outlined in the first plan, the CIO Council has established a critical IT foundation for the University. A new strategic plan has been developed to guide activities for the next three years. Read IT Strategic Plan

Oversees Strategic Initiatives

  • Through structured governance committees, the CIO Council members oversee critical programs and projects in support of the IT Strategic Plan. Examples include:
    • my.Harvard Student Information System
    • Teaching and Learning Technologies
    • HarvardKey Authentication System.
    • Explore IT Programs

Builds and Retains Talented IT Staff

  • IT Summit
    This annual event brings together more than 1,500 Harvard technologists, faculty, and key partners to build community, connect more closely to the University mission, and to learn from each other.
  • IT Academy
    Harvard’s first-ever professional development program for IT staff, delivered by IT staff using a train-the-trainer model. Courses are available to all IT staff at Harvard.
  • IT Fellows
    Launched in 2017, this new program enables high-performing staff to expand their domain knowledge, leadership skills, and career paths through a focused stretch assignment outside of their current role and school/unit.



December 11, 2017

Agenda (12/11/17)

Enterprise Architecture
Enterprise Architecture Principles
Common API Platform Update

November 27, 2017

Agenda (11/27/17)

Active Directory Security Improvements Update
Security Services
Green IT Update
Sustainable IT at Harvard

November 13, 2017

Agenda (11/13/17)

Organizational Impact Memo
Organizational Impact Overview

October 30, 2017

Agenda (10/30/17)

Network Structure

October 17, 2017

Agenda (10/17/17)

President's Administrative Innovation Fund
University Strategic Plan

October 2, 2017

Agenda (10/2/17)

Admissions and Financial Aid Discovery

September 18, 2017

Agenda (9/18/17)

Common API Platform Update
Common API Platform Executive Dashboard
Group Services Update

September 5, 2017

Agenda (9/5/17)

Active Directory Security Improvements
IT Academy Funding Model

August 21, 2017

Agenda (8/21/17)

User Experience Check-In

August 7, 2017

Agenda (8/7/17)

InCommon Research and Scholarship

June 26, 2017

Agenda (6/26/17)

IT Summit - Survey Results

June 12, 2017

Agenda (6/12/17)

Video Retention

June 1, 2017

Agenda (6/1/17)

Harvard Phone Check-In

May 15, 2017

Agenda (5/15/17)

Access to Institutional Data Launch
Cloud Check-in

May 1, 2017

Agenda (5/1/17)

Identity and Access Management Close-out
Collaboration Check-in

April 21, 2017

Agenda (4/21/17)

User Experience Launch

April 6, 2017 Agenda (4/6/17) - Joint Meeting with Financial Deans
April 3, 2017 Agenda (4/3/17) - IT Summit Program
March 21, 2017

Agenda (3/21/17)

Student Information Systems Close-out
HMS IT Dropbox Status Update

March 9, 2017

Agenda (3/9/17)

Enterprise Architecture Check-In
Data for Learning Analytics Close-out

February 23, 2017

Agenda (2/23/17)

Information Security Review Panel Report
Information Security Awareness

February 6, 2017

Agenda (2/6/17)

Data Management Update

January 23, 2017

Agenda (1/23/17)

OT, the other IT
IAM Operations Transition

January 9, 2017

Agenda (1/9/17)

Green IT Update
Vendor Management Initiative
Identity and Access Management (Grouper)



December 19, 2016

Agenda (12/19/16)

Data Management
IT Summit Update

December 5, 2016

Agenda (12/5/16)

November 14, 2016

Agenda (11/14/16)

IT Capital Organizational Impact
Data Management Introduction

October 31, 2016

Agenda (10/31/16)
Risk Management
Video - Funding Model

October 17, 2016 Agenda (10/17/16)
Two-Step Verification
October 3, 2016 Agenda (10/3/16)
Strategic Programs
Update: Video
September 19, 2016 Agenda (9/19/16)
Update: Identity and Access Management
Two-Step Verification
September 14, 2016 (Annual Retreat) Agenda (9/14/16)
September 6, 2016 Agenda (9/6/16)
Update: my.harvard
August 8, 2016 Agenda (8/8/16)
Update: Collaboration
July 25, 2016

Agenda (7/25/16)
Two-Step Verification Communications Overview
Harvard Training Portal
Harvard Training Portal Update

June 27, 2016 Agenda (6/27/16)
Contingent Labor Initiative
Information Security Policy Changes
Two-Step Verification
June 13, 2016 Agenda (6/13/16)
Update: Cloud
Video Camera Policy
Video Camera Policy Presentation
May 16, 2016 Agenda (5/16/16)
Update: Teaching and Learning Technologies
April 25, 2016 Agenda (4/25/16)
Update: Harvard Phone
April 4, 2016 Agenda (4/4/16)
March 21, 2016 Agenda (3/21/16)
Update: Enterprise Architecture
March 7, 2016 Agenda (3/7/16)
Update: Business Continuity
Update: IT Summit
February 22, 2016 Agenda (2/22/16)
Update: Vendor Management
Women in Technology Analysis
February 8, 2016 (Midyear Retreat) Agenda (2/8/16)
January 25, 2016 Agenda (1/25/16)
Update: Identity and Access Management
January 11, 2016 Agenda (1/11/16)
Research Computing Update
Network Strategy Update
IT Summit Update


December 14, 2015Agenda (12/14/15)
Update: Digital Video and Harvard Web Publishing
Security Remediation
November 30, 2015Agenda (11/30/15)
Update: Teaching and Learning Technologies
November 16, 2015Agenda (11/16/15)
November 2, 2015Agenda (11/2/15)
Roundtable Questions
October 19, 2015Agenda (10/19/15)
October 5, 2015Agenda (10/5/15)
MOR Leaders Program
September 21, 2015Agenda (9/21/15)
Green IT Standards
September 11, 2015Agenda (9/11/15)
Update: my.harvard
Update: Identity and Access Management
August 24, 2015Agenda (8/24/15)
Operations Manual - FAS Academic Term Start-Up
Operations Manual - Service Delivery Overview
July 27, 2015Agenda (7/27/15)
Update: Harvard Key
Harvard Key Communication Outline
Update: Collaboration
July 9, 2015 (joint meeting with Financial Deans)

Agenda (7/9/15)
Strategic Plan Update
Integrated Planning for IT
IT Capital Review Board

June 15, 2015

Agenda (6/15/15)
Update: Identity and Access Management
Update: Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery
IT Summit Recap

June 1, 2015Agenda (6/1/15)
May 18, 2015Agenda (5/18/15)
IT Academy
May 4, 2015Agenda (5/4/15)
April 20, 2015Agenda (4/20/15)
Integrated Planning for IT
Update: Teaching and Learning Technologies
April 6, 2015 (joint meeting with HR Deans)Agenda (4/6/15)
Strategic Plan Update
HR Priorities
HR IT Overview
Workforce Development/IT Academy
March 23, 2015Agenda (3/23/15)
School or CADM IT Plan Template
March 9, 2015

Agenda (3/9/15)
Harvard Phone Operational Planning
Update: Vendor Management

February 24, 2015Agenda (2/24/15)
January 26, 2015

Agenda (1/26/15)
Collaboration Summit Summary
Update: Enterprise Architecture

CORE VALUES: Team Oriented, Results Oriented, Creative, Open-Minded, and Respectful with a sense of humor


  • Leadership from the UCIO
  • Commitment from the members of the CIO Council
  • A clearly articulated technology strategy
  • Clear and measurable goals each year
  • Clear Modus Operandi (MO)

OPERATING PROCEDURES: Meetings: The CIO Council will meet every other Monday from 2 - 3:30PM. Meetings will be organized by the UCIO, who will provide an agenda and any other relevant documentation in advance of the meeting; links to the agenda and meeting materials will be on the CIO Council web pages.

CIO Council members' delegates are only allowed on an exception basis and if fully empowered to represent the School. Any substitutions must be pre-approved by the UCIO.

The Council will be flexible with additional meetings to accommodate urgent items (or walk-ons) as needed.

Working Groups:

  • We will be forming working groups around key issues and priorities.
  • Each working group will be chaired by a member of the CIO Council.
  • Each working group should have a clear charge and deliverables.
  • Membership on these working groups will include staff from throughout the University.
  • Staffing support will be provided for these working groups.
Deborah Scott

Deborah Scott

Chief Information Officer, Harvard Medical School
Jason Shaffner

Jason Shaffner

Managing Director for Administrative Technology Services
Catie Smith

Catie Smith

Managing Director for Strategy and Planning
Alan Wolf

Alan Wolf

Managing Director for Academic Technology Services
Suzanne Wones

Suzanne Wones

Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Innovations