CIO Leadership Team

John M. RathjeJohn M. Rathje

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer


M.S., Computer Science, Central Michigan University
B.S., Physics, Central Michigan University


The Vice President of Information Technology and CIO provides leadership for all institutional information technology endeavors, and oversees both strategic planning and operational service activities for educational, research, administrative and information security infrastructure efforts. He is responsible for leading the university’s information technology in support of the vision and priorities set by Kent State’s six-year plan, A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State.

He reports directly to the senior vice president for finance and administration, and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Contact Information:, (330) 672-4704


Direct Reports

Michel Nahas

Michel Nahas HeadshotMichel Nahas, Chief Data Officer

Data Management and Analytics

Master of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Provides leadership for the governance, integration and reporting of all university data. The department is tasked with building a framework to enable the use of data to help make informed decisions and will work with Mary Parker, the VP of Enrollment Management to assist with the use of data to increase enrollment. 
Contact Information:, (330) 672-8820

Sameer Jaleel

Sameer JaleelSameer Jaleel, Associate CIO

Systems Development and Innovations

BBA, Information Systems, Kent State University
MS, Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, Kent State University


Provides leadership for design, development, and testing new and innovative software applications that are used extensively by the Kent State community.

Contact Information:, (330) 672-1388

Barbara Boltz

Barbara boltz, Executive Director

Enterprise Application Management

B.S., Business Administration - Accounting, Kent State University
MBA, Business Administration, Kent State University


The Enterprise Application Management team supports enterprise software and applications that are used university-wide and are responsible for university business. Our customers are students, faculty, and staff at all campuses. The supported application portfolio is broad and includes many systems, with the Banner ERP, the University's Learning Management System, and CRM as major components. Also included in scope are Marketing Cloud and Electronic Signatures (DocuSign). In addition to supporting the applications, this team provides development services for Banner and the related bolt-on applications and third-parties, the Slate CRM, Blackboard, Canvas, Salesforce, and Document Imaging.

Contact Information:, (330) 672-1306

James Raber

James Raber, Interim Executive DirectorJames Raber, ASSOCIATE cio

Support, Infrastructure, Research Technology and Security

B.S., Computer Science, Kent State University
M.Ed., Instructional Technology, Kent State University
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Kent State University


Provides leadership for the Network and Infrastructure teams, Classroom Technology, Federated Desktop Support, Help Desk, Training and Outreach, Research Technology, and other related initiatives. The overarching goal of the department is to deliver an exceptional customer experience in regard to technical support and service requests.

Contact Information:, (330) 672-1927

Holly Slocum

Holly Slocum, Executive Director 

Organizational Effectiveness

B.S., Business Administration - Management Information Systems, Kent State University


Organizational Effectiveness includes managing human resources for the division, organizational staff development and facilities.  

This group also includes the Process Evaluation and Improvement team which focuses on process improvement and process automation. Our team of Business Systems Analysts are skilled in facilitating process analysis and problem solving activities to help departments streamline processes. This group also oversees the Lean Kent State Office which offers Lean training and hosts the Lean Community of Practice. This team also includes an Application Support Analyst who is well versed in tools for collaboration and automation to help departments realize efficiencies in their everyday work. 

Contact information:, (330) 672-3708