MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Suzanne Traxler, the chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been appointed CIO at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Chancellor Bob Meyer has announced.
Traxler replaces Douglas Wahl, who retired Nov. 1. Traxler will begin at UW-Stout on January 30, 2017, and will be a member of the chancellor’s Cabinet.
“We had many qualified candidates for this position, but Sue stood out because of her deep experience in the information technology field, her management skill and experience and her understanding of the UW System,” Meyer said. “I look forward to working with Sue to maintain UW-Stout’s preeminent position in the UW System in the area of information technology and to assist her in collaborating with groups across campus to ensure UW-Stout continues to provide premier IT services and products to students, faculty and staff.”
Traxler has been assistant vice chancellor for information technology/CIO at UW-Platteville since 2013. She served on the chancellor’s Executive Team and led a staff of 50 IT professionals. Sue worked at Carleton College from 1993-2013, serving the last six years as associate director of information technology services.
She received her bachelor of science degree in technical communications from the University of Minnesota and her MBA in Information Technology Management from Capella University.
Traxler said she was drawn to UW-Stout for a number of reasons.
“I was very impressed with the campus faculty and staff that I met during my visit to campus,” she said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead technology for a laptop campus, and ready to support UW-Stout’s polytechnic focus. Growing up in central Minnesota and working in Minnesota, I knew about UW-Stout long before some of the other UW schools.”
It’s important that the CIO serve on the chancellor’s executive team, Traxler added, because “technology is an integral part of all areas of a campus.”
Traxler also said the move will bring her closer to two daughters in the Twin Cities.
As for what she brings to the position, Traxler said she has “a strong focus on collaboration and partnerships across campus and with IT,” as well a strong belief in professional development for her staff. Other traits include good communications skills and a strong background in customer service, she added.
Beefing up information security will be a priority, Traxler said, adding, “All campuses in the UW-System need to ensure they are focusing on improving campus information security.” Another priority will be assisting the campus through a transition to a new learning management system, she said.
Headshot of Suzanne Traxler