Harvard CIO Council

Purpose Statement

To lead and advance university-wide IT strategies, policies, and standards, and to support the missions of both the individual schools and the University.



We aspire to empower the Harvard community through technology that enables:

Effortless access

Rapid and profound innovation

Seamless collaboration

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.

About the Council

Stephen Ervin

Stephen Ervin

Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Graduate School of Design
Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher

Chief Information Officer, Harvard Business School

Christian Hamer

Chief Information Security Officer
Dan Hawkins

Dan Hawkins

Director of Information Technology and Media Services, Harvard Divinity School
Anne Margulies

Anne Margulies

University Chief Information Officer
Taso Markatos

Taso Markatos

Chief for Information Technology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Robert Oatman

Robert Oatman

Chief Information Officer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Don Oppenheimer

Don Oppenheimer

Associate Dean and Chief Information Officer, Harvard Kennedy School
Pratike Patel

Pratike Patel

Chief Information Officer, Harvard Law School

Deborah Scott

Chief Information Officer, Harvard Medical School

Jason Shaffner

Managing Director, Administrative Technology Services, HUIT
Catie Smith

Catie Smith

Managing Director, Strategy & Service Management, HUIT
Jason Snyder

Jason Snyder

Chief Technology Officer
Jim Waldo

Jim Waldo

Distinguished Engineer

Alan Wolf

Managing Director, Academic Technology Services, HUIT
Suzanne Wones

Suzanne Wones

Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations



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, 2016Agenda (10/17/16)
Two-Step Verification
October 3, 2016Agenda (10/3/16)
Strategic Programs
Update: Video
September 19, 2016Agenda (9/19/16)
Update: Identity and Access Management
Library Digital Strategy
Two-Step Verification
September 14, 2016 (Annual Retreat)Agenda (9/14/16)
September 6, 2016Agenda (9/6/16)
Update: my.harvard
August 8, 2016Agenda (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, 2016Agenda (6/27/16)
Contingent Labor Initiative
Information Security Policy Changes
Two-Step Verification
June 13, 2016Agenda (6/13/16)
Update: Cloud
Video Camera Policy
Video Camera Policy Presentation
May 16, 2016Agenda (5/16/16)
Update: Teaching and Learning Technologies
April 25, 2016Agenda (4/25/16)
Update: Harvard Phone
April 4, 2016Agenda (4/4/16)
March 21, 2016Agenda (3/21/16)
Update: Enterprise Architecture
March 7, 2016Agenda (3/7/16)
Update: Business Continuity
Update: IT Summit
February 22, 2016Agenda (2/22/16)
Update: Vendor Management
Women in Technology Analysis
February 8, 2016 (Midyear Retreat)Agenda (2/8/16)
January 25, 2016Agenda (1/25/16)
Update: Identity and Access Management
January 11, 2016Agenda (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.