MSU IT Community

Michigan State University is a complex organization with information technology needs that support a variety of academic and business pursuits.

This site,, is a principal hub of information technology resources, news, and service information at MSU. It is maintained by IT Services and the Office of the CIO.

Joanna Young serves as MSU’s vice president of information technology and chief information officer (CIO). (Read her MSU CIO Blog.)

MSU IT Council

Michigan State’s Information Technology Council (ITC) serves as a primary IT advisory body aligning the decision‐making process by integrating IT leadership, planning, and resource allocation across MSU.

The MSU IT Council is made up of IT leaders appointed by the senior deans and directors from each of the degree‐granting colleges, core academic units, major academic support units, and other major business units.

The IT Council provides leadership and oversight regarding IT strategy, resource allocation, IT service management, and the IT community. Email with questions.

Prior to the formation of the IT Council, the Information Services and Technologies Coordinating Council (ISTeCC) met to discuss IT-related issues. Past meeting presentations and notes.

MSU IT CAFE groups

The are several Communities for Advising, Facilitating, and Enabling (CAFEs) that undertake activities and provide communication mechanisms that help people with common interests to share ideas, challenges, solutions, tools, and strategic directions.

To start a CAFE group, email with your plan including group topic, leadership and prospective member audience, meeting logistics, and ideas for communication.

To retire a CAFE group, get member consensus and then email regarding the retirement.

Accommodating Technology CAFE

The Accommodating Technology Community is committed to enhancing accessibility throughout MSU. Members review and recommend universally designed teaching and learning tools for our campus. Steve Blosser is the group leader.

Administrative Data Users CAFE (ADUC)

ADUC is a group of people with a shared interest in the creation and use of institutional data and associated information systems. It provides an opportunity to share experiences, expertise, and tools among users of institutional data and information system providers. Kris Hynes is the group leader.

Health Education and Related Technologies (HEART)

This community provides a venue for joint planning across MSU’s health professions colleges (Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine) and advises the CIO and Director of Information Technology regarding technology use as it relates to these colleges. Robert Malinowski is the group leader.

IT Exchange

The IT Exchange is the broad IT group used by IT Services and other units to share information on central, enabling, or enhancing services and projects affecting the university. the group was formed to bring people interested and involved in information technology at MSU together as a cohesive group. Katherine Ball is the group leader.

Network Services and Administrators Group (NSAG)

The Network Services and Administrators Group (NSAG) provides advice to the CIO and Director of Information Technology regarding the University’s networking infrastructure, including design, configuration, networked devices and services, and policy. Matt Stehouwer is the group leader.

Research Data Management

The Research Data Management CAFE facilitates communication and encourages information sharing about research data management across MSU departments. The group discusses documents for grant proposals, case studies, best practices, scholarly communication issues, application development, technology infrastructure, and support for researchers. Nicole Jones and Marty Crawford are the group leaders.

Training Design

The Training Design CAFE brings together MSU staff involved in training by facilitating communication, sharing ideas, and addressing current issues and trends in training. The group uses D2L to share information. Summer Issawi is the group leader. Email for more information or to sign up.

Web Development (WebDev)

The MSU WebDev CAFE brings together web professionals at MSU to discuss and make recommendations on web design, standards, application development, web services, server and hosting systems, content, usability and accessibility, and online collaboration tools. The group passes along information of professional development opportunities for higher education web professionals. Todd Ring, Kelly Sattler, and Ryan Ward are the group leaders.