About the CIO

Rob McCurdy is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Michigan State University (MSU), responsible for primary leadership of strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting information technology (IT) at the university. MSU IT implements and maintains technology solutions for a user base of over 300,000, providing the platform for MSU to excel in research, education, and outreach.

McCurdy has led MSU IT to deliver improvements in security, operations and academic technology, including the design and construction of a new 2.5MW data center, the expansion of wireless to all residence halls, and deployment of a university-wide collaboration platform. Leveraging McCurdy’s partnerships with university stakeholders, MSU IT has accelerated adoption of standard IT services and integrated dispersed IT teams across the university.

Before his appointment to CIO in 2016, McCurdy served as the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of MSU. His expertise in IT security led to the development of MSU’s first cohesive IT security strategy and organization, standing up a fully dedicated team of IT security specialists and rapidly deploying security services across the organization.

Prior to joining MSU, McCurdy served as the CISO at a Fortune 100 financial services company. McCurdy focused on consolidating dispersed business aligned teams into a single security team, providing a higher level of business service through global information security functions and technology. McCurdy also consulted with other Fortune 100 companies on the design, build, and assessment of security solutions and programs.

He grew up in Michigan and received a Computer Science Engineering bachelor’s degree from MSU. Follow him on Twitter or read more in the CIO Blog.