University of Wisconsin–Madison

Office of the CIO

The Chief Information Officer oversees campus IT projects, cybersecuritypolicyresearch cyberinfrastructure and communication between college and department IT offices. The office includes a Chief Information Security Officer, Executive Director for IT Planning & Strategy, Research Cyberinfrastructure Liaison, Communications Director, Executive Director of the IT Center of Excellence, and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Division of Information Technology.

Interim CIO

Headshot Michael Lehman, Interim Chief Information Officer
Michael Lehman
445 Henry Mall | Madison, WI 53706
608-262-5381 |

Michael Lehman is the interim chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin‑Madison.

He is also a special advisor to the chancellor overseeing a comprehensive review of campus information technology (IT) governance.

Lehman most recently served as interim vice chancellor for finance and administration until Laurent Heller was hired in August 2016. Before that, he was the first chief financial officer of both Palo Alto Networks and Arista Networks, and oversaw their preparation to become public companies. Earlier in his career, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sun Microsystems. He is leading a review of campus IT, including the IT funding model, budget and services in his current role as special advisor.

The CIO Oversees...

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The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) provides technology services to the university, the UW System and other units of state government.

More about DoIT

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IT Projects

As of Oct 1 2017, a new process requires that IT project proposals—including new or modified IT services—be submitted to the IT Center of Excellence for review.

Project Intake & Prioritization

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IT Policies

Here’s a complete list of IT Policies for faculty, staff, students and visitors. Each policy is linked to comprehensive details on the IT Policy KnowledgeBase.

List of IT Policies

CIO Staff & Office Functions

Jan Cheetham

Research Cyberinfrastructure Liaison


Rafi Lazimi

Executive Director for IT Planning & Strategy, ITC Chair


Michael Lehman

Interim CIO, Interim COO


Dawn McCauley

Executive Director, IT Center of Excellence


Brian Rust

Communications Director

(608) 263-9484

Bob Turner

Chief Information Security Officer