Patricia Todus

Patricia Todus

Retired Deputy CIO and Associate Vice President
Northwestern University

With a staff of 250, Patricia Todus is responsible for NUIT operations and works closely with the University’s chief technology officer on all aspects of information technology planning and deployment. She is also responsible for the University information technology strategic planning; she established a planning process that has been in place for 12 years. She chairs the Information Technology Coordinating Council and the school and department Technology Leaders and participates in numerous University committees.

Prior to joining NUIT, Ms. Todus was president of Northwestern Technologies Group (NTG), a joint venture of Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital which provided all technology services to the Partners, their affiliates and support groups. As a consultant and director at the University of Chicago, she deployed the first digital telecommunications system providing technology services to the University and its hospitals. She served as the corporate technology leader at several corporations. Ms. Todus was the co-developer of a telecommunications degree program for Mundelein College (now part of Loyola University) and served on the faculty.

Ms. Todus is an active member in numerous professional organizations and has presented at regional and national conferences. Her longstanding memberships include EDUCAUSE, ACUTA, SIM, and the CIC. She is a member of the ITEEx (Information Technology Executive Exchange) that fosters communications between regional institutions of higher education. She also serves on the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Board.

Ms. Todus was selected to provide her technology and planning expertise to the 21st Century Project, an ACUHO-I initiative that brought University Presidents, facilities planners, external architects and students together to plan the residence hall of the future. This has culminated in a juried competition for a residence hall building.

In April 2009, Ms. Todus was honored by ACUTA with its highest level of recognition, the Bill D. Morris Award, named for a past ACUTA president and given to the person that exemplifies dedication, vision, professionalism, and leadership. Ms. Todus served as ACUTA president from 2005 to 2006 and currently serves as chair of both the Higher Education Advisory Panel and the prestigious Forum for Strategic Leadership in Information Communications Technology.

She is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF), which is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Foundation. ITF was formed as a new initiative of the Illinois Technology Association focusing on the development of a technology talent pipeline beginning in elementary school, refined in high school, and fully developed in our region’s higher education institutions.

Ms. Todus has been very active in supporting regional, state and local needs. She chaired the NSHEC (North Suburban Higher Education Consortium) Steering Committee which, through state funding, provided videoconferencing capabilities to higher education institutions in Illinois. Ms. Todus chaired the Technology Committee for the District 90 K-8 School System, developing a multi-year technology plan that focused on the needs of teaching and curriculum which was funded by a $1M local referendum. She also served on the District 90 Strategic Planning Team. Ms. Todus was appointed by the governor to the State of Illinois Year 2000 Preparedness Council and developed liaisons with the state CIO to bring use of the University’s Collaboratory Project into state schools.

Ms. Todus earned her Masters of Management Degree from the Kellogg School of Management.

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