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Stephen Frazier, Western Illinois University

Blog Recognized As One of Best University CIO Blogs

WIU’s CIO Blog was recently recognized as being among the best Higher Ed IT blogs on the Internet by Optimal Partners Consulting.  Nuno Couto, Founder and Managing Partner of Optimal Partners, in an email to WIU’s CIO, said that “The long-form approach your blog takes is different from others I’ve read, but it is great content.”

Optimal Partners ranked our blog third among seven CIO blogs that they highlighted.  Their intent in this effort was to provide “an insider’s perspective” on IT in universities, and they state “these 7 CIOs are more than willing to give you a tour of what’s going on at their universities.”  You can read more about the top CIO blogs on their blog post entitled 7 Best University CIO Blogs.

“If you’re looking for an in-depth look at what’s happening behind the scenes at a university’s IT department, then Stephen Frazier’s aptly titled “CIO’s Blog” is the place to start.” – Optimal Partners Consulting, LLC

Steve Frazier, WIU’s CIO, said, “One of our initiatives in University Technology at Western has been to better communicate our many services and projects, which traditionally has not been a strong point of most IT organizations.  uTech is a fairly large organization with a lot of going on.  We started a Major Projects Tracking System on WIU’s website but we really needed someone to focus on the marketing aspects.  During uTech’s recent consolidation and reorganization efforts, we tasked Jeremy Merritt, the University’s Coordinator of Web Services and an assistant director in uTech, with spearheading that effort.  He has been doing a terrific job and I think it is going to pay off in numerous ways!”  Merritt has been creating marketing materials for uTech that are published on the web and in various media outlets around campus.  He is also now a contributor to the CIO’s Blog.

Optimal Partners specializes exclusively in project management for Higher Ed.  Couto says, “Although my company is focused on staffing and consulting services, we do a lot of “giving back” to the community in line with the mission of Higher Ed. We mentor students and student startups. We sponsor events like this one in the Azores, Portugal. We also promote education through supporting various charities.”  Optimal Partners can be found on the web at


Author: Stephen Frazier, CIO

Stephen Frazier heads up the University Technology department as the CIO at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at

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