ITS Leadership

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Chris Van Liew

B.S., Business Administration from Oregon State University

Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Information Technology

Phone: 206-296-2003

A Pacific Northwest native, Chris previously served as the Chief Information Officer for Weyerhaeuser, after more than two decades of varied technology roles for the company. Chris has a passion for growing people and building teams to deliver uncompromising results. At Seattle University, Chris is enabling the future of higher education through a vibrant technology strategy, disciplined project delivery, balanced risk management and cybersecurity capabilities, and the many other technical services necessary to support the aspirations of students, faculty, staff and administration. Beyond his IT responsibilities, Chris volunteers his time in the community, and has previously served on board committees for a local health care system. When not at work, you can find Chris spending time with his family, reading, playing guitar, or getting “low-tech” tending to his home and property.

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Travis Nation

B.S., Business Administration from University of Wyoming
M.B.A., Information Technology Management from Southern New Hampshire University

Associate Chief Information Officer

Phone: 206-296-2002

Prior to his role as Associate Chief Information Officer at SeattleU, Travis was the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Though his most recent work is in higher education, Travis also has years of experience working in government and the private sector where he has demonstrated success leading change initiatives throughout various organizations.

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Matt Byers

B.S., Biochemistry from Seattle University
B.A., Humanities from Seattle University

Microsoft Product Architect

Phone: 206-296-5536

Matt has had a rich career at Seattle University since completing his double degree here as an undergraduate. Starting as a Lead in the Help Desk, Matt grew into roles in Desktop Support and Server Engineering. His responsibilities have grown over the years as he became the Director of Enterprise Communications, Director of Infrastructure Operations & Security, and Executive Director of Ellucian. Matt is an avid traveler from local day hikes to month-long European adventures with his family. He also plays guitar, enjoys board games, and reads the newspaper.

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Heather Geiger

B.A., English from Mount Holyoke College

Director of IT Finance & Vendor Management

Phone: 206-296-5832

Heather has served many roles at SeattleU including Director of IT Finance and Special Assistant to the Interim Provost, Director of IT Finance and Accreditation Officer, and Manager of University Planning. When not at work, Heather enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, visiting family, and tending to her rock collection.

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MK Smith

B.A., History from University of Chicago

Director of Application Services

Phone: 206-296-5549

As the Director of Application Services in ITS, MK works with a variety of applications for departments across campus. Prior to coming to SeattleU, MK served as the Director of the Project Management Office and the Communications and Project Manager at the University of Puget Sound. Before moving to the Pacific Nothwest, she occupied roles at the University of Mississippi and at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, AR. In her free time, MK enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. If you are ever in need of a smile, MK is happy to provide you with photos and video of her corgi, Gwendolyn.

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Jerry Vergeront

B.A., English Literature and Computer Science from Evergreen State College
J.D., Seattle University

Director of Risk and Cybersecurity

Phone: 206-296-5607

Jerry comes to Seattle University from his own private law practice, after a cybersecurity career trajectory that has included both hands-on technical work as well as IT audit responsibilities. Jerry has held significant IT Security roles at Starbucks, Anitian Enterprise Security, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Premera Blue Cross. Jerry’s law education has focused on security and compliance practices, though he also does pro-bono legal work as a service to his community. Jerry has CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certifications, and is a veteran, having served in the Air Force for five years, including a role as a Cryptologic Linguist. Jerry’s other interests include spending time with his family, taking day trips on his motorcycle, stream fishing, and reading (just not all at the same time).  For a creative outlet, Jerry enjoys writing.

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Mark Young

B.S., Chemistry from University of Virginia
Ph.D., Chemistry from Penn State University

Director of Enterprise Architecture

Phone: 206-296-2146