Missouri State taps Springfield IT director as new CIO

Jeff Coiner will take over information technology operations for the campus early next month.
(Missouri State University)

Missouri State University announced this week that Jeff Coiner will take over the role of chief information officer, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the position.

Coiner, an MSU alumnus, will begin his new appointment on July 8, the university said on Tuesday, succeeding Jeff Morrissey, who recently retired. Theresa McCoy, MSU’s director of computer services, will serve as CIO in the interim.

Jeff Coiner

Jeff Coiner

In his new role, Coiner will lead and manage IT services across MSU and will oversee system-wide planning, management, security and coordination of technology resources, according to the university. Additionally, he will support ongoing digital transformation efforts on the campus.


“Jeff brings a wealth of experience in information technology leadership to Missouri State,” said MSU president Clif Smart in a statement. “I’m confident he will enrich the learning environment of the campus community through the innovative use of IT.”

For more than three decades, Coiner has worked in IT, holding several positions including director of information technology at the defense contractor Northrop Grumman, technical service manager at construction company EFCO, and intranet coordinator at the multinational energy corporation Conoco Phillips.

Currently, Coiner serves as director of information systems for the city of Springfield, Missouri, where he has worked since 2007. In this role, Coiner has overseen the development, implementation and support of technology across the city’s 23 departments. He also manages the city’s $5 million IT budget.

Coiner has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Missouri State University and received an MBA from Oklahoma State University.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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