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Leadership

The UIT Leadership Team comprises CIO Steve Gallagher and the leaders of the seven units that report directly to him.

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Steve Gallagher

Chief Information Officer

Steve is the chief information officer (CIO) of Stanford University, a role that includes leadership of University IT. He reports to Randy Livingston, Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer.

Steve joined Stanford in March 2018. He is responsible for building and executing a vision that leverages technology as a strategic driver for delivery of Stanford’s mission. He is additionally responsible for the University IT services and support portfolio, which includes ensuring technology operations run securely and efficiently. He co-chairs the university’s CIO Council, made up of technology leaders in across the university.

Previously, Steve held the position of CIO at the Harvard Business School (HBS), where he worked with the academic community to define and implement the school’s IT strategy. Prior to HBS, Steve was the CIO at the University of San Francisco, the chief technology officer at Fidelity Investments Capital Technology, and vice president of application development at State Street Corporation. Additionally, he has an entrepreneurial background and founded several successful technology-driven companies.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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Jan Cicero

Associate Vice President for Client Services

Jan is the Associate Vice President for Client Services, a senior role on the UIT leadership team. Her unit is responsible for the user support for many of the organization’s most client-facing offerings, as well as service management, operational support, and professional services for several broad UIT offerings. It is the front face of UIT services, helping Stanford University and Stanford Medicine clients acquire and use technology successfully. Learn more about Client Services.

Jan joined Stanford 20 years ago and during her tenure has had leadership responsibility for almost every core function currently part of University IT. Before joining Stanford she spent 20 years at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), one of the nation’s largest utility companies, leading progressively larger IT client service organizations, finally becoming Director of Operations for computing and telecommunications, and managing an organization of 500 supporting all of Northern California.

Jan received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and has furthered her education around information technology at the University of Phoenix.

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Michael Duff

Assistant Vice President for Security and Chief Information Security Officer

Michael is the Assistant Vice President for Security in and Chief Information Security Officer at Stanford University. He reports into University IT and to the Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer.

Michael leads the Information Security Office which oversees Stanford's efforts to protect its computing and information assets and to comply with information-related laws, regulations, and policies. Learn more about the Information Security Office.

Michael joined Stanford in 2012 and ascended to the CISO role in 2013. Prior to that he led the information security program at SRI International in Menlo Park and taught as a visiting instructor at Miami University in Ohio. While a student at MIT, he founded an electronic medical records company and later served as CTO of the acquiring organization.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, a Bachelor of Science of in Physics, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Ganesh Karkala

Associate Vice President for Enterprise Technology

Ganesh is the Associate Vice President for Enterprise Technology. He is responsible for the implementation and support of the core administrative applications and systems that run the business of the University. In addition to supporting the major enterprise systems (financials, HR, student records, research administration, alumni and donor), Ganesh partners with schools and business units to identify and implement efficient, cost-effective IT solutions. Learn more about Enterprise Technology.

Ganesh has more than 18 years of experience leading technology operations and initiatives across large-scale, complex organizations, both in the US and internationally. His expertise spans application development, infrastructure management, program office management, mergers and acquisitions, and prudent application of business and technology standards such as COBIT, ITIL, and PMBOK.

Ganesh joined Stanford as the Director of Financial Systems in 2006. In 2007 he became the Executive Director of Administrative Systems and was promoted to Associate Vice President in 2009. Prior to Stanford, Ganesh was the Senior Director for Technical Services at Oracle USA. At Oracle, he managed large-scale development projects and programs, including Oracle’s Global Single Instance technical consolidation program, which resulted in $2 billion in savings for the company.

Ganesh has a Bachelor of Science in Instrumentation Technology from the University of Mysore and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University.

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Ruth Marinshaw

Chief Technology Officer, Research Computing

Ruth Marinshaw is CTO for Research Computing at Stanford University, leading the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC). Jointly reporting to the the Dean of Research and the Stanford CIO, Ruth and the SRCC team engage with researchers and technologists across a wide spectrum of disciplines to support a growing portfolio of research technologies and cyberinfrastructure services. Her team is focused on ensuring that all campus researchers have access to strong, sufficient, relevant and robust data and computational platforms and services to accelerate scientific discovery and scholarship, advancing Stanford's research mission. Learn more about Research Computing.

With more than 25 years of experience in supporting, managing and leading technology teams and programs in higher ed, Ruth is especially interested in extending the potential of high-end computing to research areas whose compute and analysis needs cannot be met by traditional HPC solutions.

Ruth is actively engaged in the broader national HPC and Research Computing communities through participation in the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), the Campus Research Computing Consortium, XSEDE Campus Champions and SP Forum, and other initiatives. She serves on the advisory committees for the Pacific Research Platform, the NSF DesignSafe project, and Canada's WestGrid. As a member of Stanford's CIO Council, Ruth is a co-sponsor of the Stanford Women in Technology (WiT) program.

Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, Ruth held a variety of IT and Research Computing-related positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Research Computing, as well as Director of the RENCI Engagement Center at UNC. A life-long Tar Heel fan, Ruth earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Chapel Hill.

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Sam Steinhardt

Assistant Vice President for Service Strategy

Sam is the Assistant Vice President for Service Strategy. His unit plays a key role in driving the organization's strategic direction through the proactive management of the UIT service portfolio, and by aligning UIT’s resources with its overall strategy. Sam provides executive oversight for UIT’s service management, business relations, project management, and financial and vendor management efforts. Learn more about Service Strategy.

Sam has been at Stanford since 1999, providing administrative leadership in a number of areas. Initially, Sam was the Chief Financial and Operations Officer for Learning Technology and Extended Education, where he directed an array of organizations utilizing new media to export academic content to non-traditional audiences. From 2002 to 2006, Sam was the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL) and Wallenberg Hall, which provided advanced resource classrooms and state-of-the-art facilities for research in learning and education, both locally and in collaboration with international partners. From 2006 to 2015, Sam served as the Executive Director for Business Services in Stanford’s IT Services organization.

Prior to joining Stanford, Sam was the CFO for a privately held systems integration firm. Earlier in his career, he spent six years at KPMG (now Bearing Point) and then founded and managed Steinhardt Associates, a general management consulting firm.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Stanford and an Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Nancy Ware

Chief of Staff, Office of the CIO

Learn more about the Office of the CIO.