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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

Interim Associate Vice President for IT Services

Jan is currently acting as Associate Vice President for IT Services, a senior role on the University IT leadership team. She is responsible for the core infrastructure services, including the Stanford network, voice systems and services, and the data center. She additionally oversees support services including the service desk and contract desktop support, as well as a variety of consulting services. 

Jan joined Stanford almost 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.

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

Assistant Vice President for Administrative Systems

Ganesh is the Associate Vice President for Administrative Systems. 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), Ganesh partners with schools and business units to identify and implement efficient, cost-effective IT solutions.

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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Sam Steinhardt

Assistant Vice President for Shared Services

Sam is the Assistant Vice President for Shared Services. He plays a key role in driving the organization's strategic direction in addition to providing executive oversight for University IT’s financial, vendor management, service management, and communications efforts.

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.