January Brings New Chief for IT
Sarah McQueen
smcqu643@uwsp.edu

Marsha-Henfer-1-color.jpgThere will be a new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and director of the Information and Technology Department starting in January 2013.

The Information Technology (IT) department offers help for students with computer issues, be it hardware, software, networking, or repair issues. The IT department is staffed by just under 50 people who work to offer IT support, telephone support, web and media services and a number of other services.

Dave Dumke will be stepping down as director of the Information and Technology Department. Marsha Henfer will be taking his place as of next January.

“I look forward to learning about what works well today, in addition to technology challenges or gaps, and then finding and implementing solutions that are right for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The employees in the Department of Information Technology are a great group of professionals, and we will work together in these efforts,” Henfer said.

Greg Summers, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said that the search for a replacement began last summer, right after Dumpke turned in his resignation. Summers said that a search committee brought several candidates to campus in the fall, and the final decision was made sometime in November. Dumpke declined giving any comments on his resignation.

“Earlier this year, it was shared that UWSP would be recruiting for a new CIO. Being familiar with the campus and having a home in the area, I had an interest,” Henfer said. “When the position announcement became public, I reviewed the expectations and decided to submit my application materials to the search and screen committee."


Marsha Henfer is the new CIO and Director of Information
Technology at The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
 

Henfer has most recently worked as the CIO for the University of Wisconsin - Extension. She has 22 years of experience in her field, including time at Mid-State Technical College and the Legislative Technology Services Bureau.

“In the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of people, staff, faculty and students and have found folks to be passionate about what they do and the school,” Henfer said. “Technology can be a great tool to support teaching and learning as well as daily operations. Since technology options are endless, the trick can be choosing and incorporating the right type of technology. “