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Richard Bakken


Adjunct Graduate Faculty

PhD University of San Diego, San Diego CA

MA University of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ
BA Wisconsin Lutheran College

Chief Information Officer for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University

Dr. Richard Bakken serves as Chief Information Officer for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  His responsibilities include overseeing technology applications and systems that support students, faculty, and staff within the school.  He is a member of the Harvard CIO Council and serves on a number of campus technology committees.  He also represents the GSD and leads the Ivy+ Classroom and Learning Space working group.

He has served in a variety of administrative positions in his career, including as Assistant CIO in R&DE at Stanford University, Director of Instructional Support Services at Princeton University, ITC/Coordinator of Learning Spaces and Media Production at San Diego State University, and Director of Media Services at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He was also a show producer, Packers Game-day producer, and on-air news anchor for 620 WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, WI. He has K-12/collegiate teaching experience and enjoys teaching courses in leadership and technology.

Dr. Bakken completed a PhD in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. His dissertation focused on higher education administration and student affairs, exploring the impact of native students attending western universities in Doha, Qatar. His research interests include informing administrators how students describe their learning experiences in western university environments, strategies to meet their needs, and ways that technology can impact the process.

Rich grew up in Crete, IL and in several other locations in WI, where he attended Illinois Lutheran High School and Onalaska Luther HS. He enjoys music technology and recording applications, reading, stamp collecting, and world travel (with points/miles!).