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ERIC Number: EJ846039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May-1
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
The CIO: Earning Your Seat
Savarese, John
Campus Technology, v19 n9 p24-26, 28, 33-34 May 2006
The IT department has become so enmeshed in the interests and activities of the entire institution that, these days, IT requires a good deal more than an overseer. While the executive charged with leading IT is often called the chief information officer, chief information leader would now be a much better title. And that's because leaders can envision where institutions need to go and how to get there. They get everyone on board for the trip, and they solve problems that seem about to ruin the journey. They also make sure that the tank is filled with gas and the motor tuned so that nobody else even has to think about those things. The "journey," as it is, is toward a better, stronger, more flourishing institution. The obstacles that litter the route include scarce funding, enrollment worries, more demanding regulations, assaults by network worms and lawsuits, and the increasing cost of just about everything that makes an institution great. In the profiles presented in this article, successful CIOs from institutions of different sizes and distinctive cultures talk about how they live up to the challenges of their office, passing on some of the lessons they have learned. The profiles of the following individuals are presented: (1) Karin Steinbrenner, associate provost for Information Systems and CIO, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; (2) Mike Yohe, executive director of Electronic Information Services at Valparaiso University (IN); (3) Robert Paterson, CIO at Massachusetts' Salem State College; and (4) Mihir Chatterji, assistant VP for IT Services at Eastern Illinois University. Advice for the emerging CIO and issues that bring the CIO to the table are presented. Additionally, this article notes that some IT issues are not only too big for the technology head to handle alone, but are also too technological for the institution to face without the CIO taking a leadership role. It presents some examples of current, widespread issues that point strongly in the direction of including the CIO in the top levels of management.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Massachusetts; North Carolina