Timothy Rager Named New IT Director for the College of Agricultural Sciences

Following a comprehensive national search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Timothy Rager as its new Director of Information and Technology.

Rager brings diverse senior leadership experience managing information technology for complex, decentralized organizations. Most recently, Rager was the Chief Information Officer for Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) where he spearheaded a multi-state collaboration between Washington and Oregon community colleges and launched critical cybersecurity initiatives that increased the safety and security of LBCC’s data. Prior to working with LBCC, he led IT initiatives for other top higher education institutions and non-profits, including Seattle Central College and the Seattle Art Museum. With an MBA from Penn State, Rager brings more than 15 years of experience advancing technology initiatives to meet the fast-paced changing demands on increasingly critical IT infrastructure.

“We are excited to welcome Tim to the leadership team,” said Staci Simonich, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. “His expertise working at higher education institutions with multiple locations and his understanding of the critical role of meeting the needs of our diverse and decentralized college which includes both urban and rural communities is key to ensuring we continue to thrive in our efforts to live out our land-grant mission of education, research and outreach.”

Rager will be responsible for designing and managing the information and technological services for the College and will report to the Chief Operating Officer. An active member of the College leadership team, Rager will participate in both internal forums and represent the College’s needs in campus-wide IT governance and community forums.

“I am excited to be a part of helping the College of Agricultural Sciences continue to deliver its high-impact work as it strives to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” Rager said. “There is tremendous opportunity to maximize the power of technology to help realize the fullest potential of faculty, staff and students across campus, and around the state, nation and world.”

Rager will begin his new role as the IT Director on October 23, 2023.