Strategic IT leader Matt Gardzina named CCAD’s Chief Information Officer

CCAD names strategic technology leader Matt Gardzina as new CIO

Columbus College of Art & Design has named veteran strategic IT leader Matt Gardzina as CCAD’s new Chief Information Officer.

Gardzina comes to CCAD from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he served as Director of Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship since 2012. He previously worked as Director of Instructional Technology and Interim Co-Chief Information Officer at The College of Wooster in Ohio and served in IT roles at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and Duke University in North Carolina.

He will start his new position at CCAD in June 2019 and will report to Vice President for Administration & Operations Lisa Stoneman.

“Matt is a respected leader in higher education technology, and his experience improving the technological classroom experience and developing and implementing campus-wide technology initiatives make him a perfect fit for CCAD,” Stoneman said. “We look forward to having him on board as we work to achieve the college’s strategic plan goals related to academic technology.”

Gardzina will lead CCAD’s IT team and oversee the college’s technology services, including academic technology, infrastructure, business systems, and support.

He said he’s looking forward to joining the CCAD community and returning to the Midwest.

“Throughout my career in IT in higher education, I’ve always enjoyed working with art and design faculty,“ Gardzina says. “So, I’m excited to come to Columbus College of Art & Design and partner with talented faculty and staff who are devoted to collaboration and interdisciplinary work. Plus, as a former Ohio resident, I’m looking forward to living and working in the vibrant city of Columbus.”

Gardzina has a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and a Master of Arts from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.