I'm not prepared to make a general case for a CIO position, but I thought I would make a quick point... as you have already mentioned IT touches practically every aspect of university business/life. In a previous position, I reported through different channels (administration struggled with what to do with IT). At first, I worked for education and I had an education filter from my representative in administration. My boss was only really concerned about education (appropriately), but I had to go back each day and support to the best of my ability and resources many other functional areas. Later IT was moved under Marketing... and I had a marketing filter from my representative in administration. My new boss was really only concerned about marketing, but again, I had to find time and resources to support other functional areas. At times it even created conflicts at the...
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