Marc Thorson is the executive director for Regional Technology Services in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT). He oversees all aspects of NIU’s broadband, internet service, and technology service offerings to communities, school districts, and other government and nonprofits organizations.
Prior to joining NIU, Marc has worked in the local government information technology field in just about every capacity for over 20 years including desktop support, application developer, network administrator, network engineer, compliance lead and director. He is passionate about information security and data-driven decision making in environments with resource challenges.
Marc is also an adjunct instructor for the nationally-ranked Northern Illinois University Master of Public Administration program. The course focus is educating future local government and nonprofit leadership on what Information Technology does, why it is a critical competency for public organizations, and how to utilize it to its greatest potential in an era of shrinking budgets.
Marc has a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University with a focus on management of information services and marketing. He is the marketing director for GMIS International, committee chairperson for GMIS Accreditation and past president for GMIS Illinois.