OSU: Igniting Digital Transformation in Higher Education

Andrea Ballinger, Vice Provost & CIO at OSU, explores the transformation initiatives helping her institution become a digital leader in higher education

Technology and the digital flow of information are the keystone supports for OSU’s strategic goals and the administration, operation, development and delivery of university services. 

In her role as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer (VP/CIO) for University Information and Technology (UIT) at Oregon State University (OSU), Andrea Ballinger is responsible for providing enterprise IT services and university-wide IT infrastructures. UIT guides policy development and governs IT resources in OSU’s academic, extension,  administrative and college research units.  

UIT promotes and maintains a trusted, collaborative and community-driven IT environment using governance and advisory groups to advance and support OSU’s mission and values. 

Aligning IT strategy with the university’s needs and strategic goals, Ballinger and her team drive innovation and strive for operational excellence to meet the evolving expectations of students, faculty, researchers and employees. 

Rising to become a leader in technology and higher education was a journey far from what Ballinger ever imagined. As she puts it: “I had absolutely no intention of being in higher ed when I was younger, or even technology for that matter. I wanted to be a pediatrician!”

With her natural strengths in math and science, becoming a pediatrician was Ballinger’s way of combatting the misogynist expectations for a contemporary woman’s career.

She continues: “People always used to tell me becoming a pediatrician is not something women do; ‘women should be nurses’, they used to say. I was determined to dispel that stereotype.”

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