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Matt Riley
Chief Information Officer
Social Science 126
Phone: (406) 243-5350

Matt Riley

As UM’s new Chief Information Officer, I’m eager to learn more about the culture and needs of The University of Montana.


  • Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences (May 2007 thru March 2013)
  • University of Redlands (August 1991 thru May 2007)

I grew up in IT, starting as a programmer/analyst at Redlands. I’ve held systems management, network management, enterprise services and several director positions. My most recent position at Stanford was the top IT leadership role for Stanford's largest academic unit, the School of Humanities and Sciences.


I want IT to provide flexible, helpful and creative 'value-add' services for UM. We build confidence in our ability to lead and add IT strategy to UM strategy when we are successful with current projects, protect the University's data, enable technology and information usage and provide great customer service.

I dislike inflexible, static processes and policy that put IT in the unenviable position of saying 'no' too often; black-box projects that live only in IT; and lack of job satisfaction for the great people in IT roles throughout campus.


The Office of the CIO leads IT strategy at UM. Through the efforts of previous CIOs Loey Knapp and Ray Ford, along with a team from central and distributed IT units, an IT strategic plan exists and is being implemented. A new IT governance structure—the IT Senate—launched in December 2012.

It is truly a great time to be coming on board as the CIO. I feel privileged to join the team and honored to lead. I welcome questions and feedback as we chart the course for IT together. Email me at or call me at 243-5350 any time.

Fun Stuff

When I’m not advocating for IT, you will find me enjoying the Montana lifestyle with my family (wife Beth, daughter Brooke and son Thomas). We enjoy skiing, hiking fly fishing and all that Montana offers.
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