Into the Wild

I have resigned as CIO of Missouri University of Science & Technology with an exit date planned for the end of May. I will be Returning to Oregon thanks to my wife’s new employment there. For the last few months I dabbled with other CIO opportunities but I’m not sure my heart was totally into it. I kept telling myself I would still consider trying to change higher education but I am really thankful that higher education is not quite ready for change. You see, I have the option to take some time off and make some dreams come true. For the second half of this year I hope to spend significant time backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon and Washington.

I will use this blog to expand more upon my career transition and the new adventures awaiting me in the wilderness. I may very well return to Higher Education someday but for now it will be Higher Elevation.

Into the Wild

About ghsmith76

Serious Backpacker, Grandfather, Volunteer, Advisor, Mentor and still Technologically Aware Greg retired as a technologist who served as a Chief Information Officer in Higher Education at Western Washington University, Missouri University of Science, Technology, George Fox University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard. Other early jobs included IT activity in the oil shale and coal mining industries along with owning a computer store in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Posted on April 25, 2015, in Backpacking and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Congratulations, Greg! This is all wonderful news! Good for you! I will be biking a portion of the Pacific Trail in the last part of June near Bend, Oregon! My family over the years have back packed it, too; although it was with our pack horses!! I look forward to following you on this blog! I am at Western Oregon University now, in the College of Education; loving it, and have other professional projects going on at the same time. I still live in Newberg, same location! We still have our lovely mutual friends that live up on the hill here. Blessings to you! Diane Wood

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