We Welcome Brendan Guenther as Chief Academic Digital Officer

As MSU has been working to design its digital learning future, it's become clear that we need leadership to focus on building our capacity and implementing our plans for our academic digital strategy. Quotation by MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt

MSU has been working to design its digital learning future, and as an important part of adding capacity to that process, Brendan Guenther has been moved into a new role, Chief Academic Digital Officer (CADO). As CADO, Brendan will provide leadership in the implementation and administration of MSU’s digital innovation programs and enabling technologies, working in collaboration with the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Jeff Grabill, and the Chief Information Officer, Rob McCurdy.

The position of Chief Academic Digital Officer is common in large research universities. Jeff Grabill writes, “MSU needs a leader who is focused on digital learning on our campus and working with our exceptional faculty to grow programs and provide outstanding learning experiences.”

In this role at MSU, Guenther will assist in developing university-wide policies and procedures that further institutionalize a culture of innovation, institutional transformation, and measurable improvements. He will collaborate with academic departments and lead faculty to help the university become more digital; partnering to deliver innovative programs that increase academic quality, immediacy of delivery, and personalization of the student experience. He will assess the University’s online course offerings, technology portfolios, and learning design strategies, among other responsibilities. The position of Chief Academic Digital Officer was constructed by re-purposing Brendan’s responsibilities and splitting his position between the Provost’s Office and IT.

Michigan State University Chief Information Officer, Rob McCurdy, writes, “Brendan has long been a technology leader at MSU with a special ability to partner with our innovative educators. This new role will allow him to best apply his strengths to aid our digital learning transformation.”

Guenther has worked in higher education for 20 years, most recently serving as MSU Director of Academic Technology, and Director of IT Services Teaching & Learning. He received both of his degrees from MSU: a BA in Telecommunications, and an MA in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, a program in which he continues his doctoral work.

This news was shared with academic leaders on Friday, November 2, 2018, by MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt