Matthew Parks leads the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) for Northern Illinois University's four campuses. In his role as Chief Information Officer (CIO) he develops and promotes a vision for information technology where partnering with IT makes it easy to succeed. He is President and Executive Director of iFiber/Fiber Ventures – a fiber-optic broadband provider in the northern Illinois region.
The CIO directs the central IT organization and works collaboratively with other IT departments around campus to encourage and promote the development, implementation, and advancement of the university mission through technology. He reports to the university’s President, Dr. Lisa C. Freeman, and serves on the Board of Northern Illinois Technology Triangle (NITT) and Fiber Ventures, Inc.
Prior to joining NIU, Parks spent over 13 years in the wireless technology sector, serving in leadership and technical roles within Motorola, Nextel and Sprint. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.