Lois Brooks joined UW–Madison in August 2018 as vice provost for information technology and chief information officer. The vice provost for information technology and chief information officer (CIO) has direct and indirect responsibility for the entire sphere of information technology (IT) related activities on campus. In conjunction with advisory groups, this role oversees the development and delivery of IT services, IT security policies and best practices.
Prior to joining UW-Madison, Lois served as Oregon State University’s vice provost for information services and chief information officer. She also served for twenty-five years at Stanford University, most recently as Director of Academic Computing. During her tenures at Stanford and Oregon State she co-founded the Sakai Foundation (now Apareo) and UNIZIN Consortium, serving on the Board of Directors for each. She also served as Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation.
She is active nationally in the higher education community, having served in leadership and governance roles with the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, Educause and Internet2. She holds a BS in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco, an MBA from the University of California Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.