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Sam Steinhardt joins the Office of the CIO

June 11, 2015

In forming University IT just over a year ago, our goal has been to provide the most seamless experience that we can for clients across campus. To further increase our operational effectiveness, efficiency, consistency, and integration, I am creating a University IT Shared Services unit to provide non-technical shared support. 

I’m pleased to announce that Sam Steinhardt will become the Assistant Vice President for University IT Shared Services, effective Monday, June 15, 2015. Sam will report to me, and will join the Office of the CIO.  

The University IT Shared Services organization will include:

  • Finance, led by Molly Reynick
  • Vendor Management, led by Tracy Yuan
  • Business Partners, led by John Freshwaters
  • Communications, led by Jim Knox
  • Service Management, led by Kathy Pappas Kassaras

Combining the Financial and Vendor units will create greater efficiencies with respect to the management of University IT financial resources. Bringing the Business Partners and Communications units together will continue to develop a single voice to the Stanford community. Service Management will help create consistent systems and processes across University IT. The University IT Finance function will continue to have a secondary reporting relationship to Noel Hirst, Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs Finance and Facilities.

Sam has worked closely with clients to simplify business operations and to consolidate campus spending. He recently led a team of eight leaders from across University IT to better align the three organizations of Administrative Systems, the Information Security Office, and University IT. To this new role, Sam brings business savvy, strategic perspective, and a dedication to continuous improvement.  

Please join me in welcoming Sam to his new role. 


Randy Livingston
Vice President for Business Affairs and CFO