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Career Development for New and Aspiring CIOs
EDUCAUSE supports those in the IT profession with information and skill development. To keep the higher education “CIO pipeline” strong, our community must ens ure that qualified individuals are attracted to senior IT roles, are prepared to assume more responsibility, and are supported in these positions. Below are career development resources for aspiring and new CIOs. To suggest additions, contact us.
- Learn how successful CIOs got their start and how they were able to advance.
- Prepare for the CIO role by developing your skills and knowledge.
- Focus on your performance and what you can do to be successful.
- Learn what to focus on the first 90 days, the first year, and the first five years.
Professional Development Activities for New and Aspiring CIOs
A Portfolio for Strengthening IT Leadership Skills, EDUCAUSE Vice President, Julie Little and Leadership Director, Norma Holland discuss the current EDUCAUSE Leadership professional development programs in an EDUCAUSE Review column. June 3, 2013.
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
- CIO Experience
- CIO Career Coaching
- Hawkins Leadership Roundtable
- Climbing the Leadership Ladder: An Insider's View of the CIO Search Process, Friday, October 18, 2013 9:10am-10:00am
CONNECT - Portland, Chicago, Baltimore CIO and Executive IT Leader Roundtable
Resources for New and Aspiring CIOs
Preparation for Becoming a CIO
- In the June 2013 EDUCAUSE Review Online article and Video The CIO: Defining a Path for the Future, Mark Askren, CIO for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, discusses the perceived and actual role of CIOs.
- Aspiring and Residing IT Leaders: A Legacy for the Future, EDUCAUSE Review, January 2012. This winner of the inaugural EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award, Keith W. McIntosh, talks about becoming a leader and developing future leaders in the IT professional community. He outlines three steps that aspiring leaders can take to cultivate their leadership skills and three steps that residing leaders can take to leave a lasting legacy.
- Filling the IT Leadership Pipeline: A Panel Discussion, EDUCAUSE Review Online, January 23, 2012. Six CIOs and senior technology leaders talk about their backgrounds, the strengths and skills needed for future CIOs, and the challenges of preparing the next generation of CIOs. They list the most critical competencies for current and future CIOs, and they debate whether these competencies are changing.
- Importance of Mentors on the Journey to a First CIO Position , November 8, 2012. This video of a session from the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012 covers different mentoring styles that can be used during the different steps in the journey toward that first CIO position.
- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow, 2011 Report. ECAR. This report examines the CIO role—past, present, and emergent.
- Spurring Others Toward Leadership in Our Profession, October 20, 2011. This session from the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference, offered approaches, thoughts, and ideas to spur others toward leadership within higher education information technology. The session focused on two audiences with differing perspectives: those who aspire to be leaders, and those who are residing leaders.
- Does it Really Take One to Be One, Melissa Woo, An EDUCAUSE Blogger. Asks the questions she feels that an aspiring CIO needs to ask her/himself:
Interviewing for the Job
- CIO Open Space Session: The Insider's View on the Recruitment of a CIO, November 7, 2012 | A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012. The managing partners of Next Generation Executive Search discuss insight and preparation for sitting and rising CIOs considering new leadership opportunities.
- Land That Job! Preparing to Interview for Your First CIO Position, a session from the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012. Preparing to interview for your first CIO position can be intimidating. In this session, current and previous CIOs provided advice on preparing for interviews.
The First Year as a CIO
- The First 90 Days in a New CIO Position, HBR Blog, August 2013. Steve Gallagher blogs about his new CIO position at the Harvard Business School.
- Being CIO: 5 tips for surviving the first 90 days, O’Reilly Radar, November 2010. Jonathan Reichental discusses how chief information officers can set the tone during their early days with a new organization.
- Four panelists talk about a CIO's first year in this session video from the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012 and this accompanying article, EDUCAUSE 2012 Panel: A CIO's First Year, EDUCAUSE Review Online, June 3, 2013.
- CIO "Advice" Focus Groups: First Year of a CIO and CIO Search Committee Strategies. Notes from a 2013 Southeastern Regional Conference session include advice to others on getting the CIO job and how to navigate the first year in the role.
- This 2013 session, Onboarding CIOs and other Executive Level IT Staff, includes a checklist for preparing your new CIO to lead on Day 1.
- The CIO Minute: George Claffey, Jr., In this July 2013 video, George Claffey, Jr., CIO for Charter Oak State College, talks about ten things new CIOs can do to be more effective.
CIO Constituent Group Discussion, This EDUCAUSE constituent group is designed for discussion of issues and challenges that affect chief information officers in higher education: the role of the CIO, financing and funding strategies, planning and organizing for information resources (especially information technology) within the institution, human resource issues, policies for the networked information environment, and the future of higher education. This group meets at the EDUCAUSE annual conference and uses the electronic discussion list to discuss issues throughout the year.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for CIO
October 28, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
This meeting will focus on the challenges facing CIOs, including funding strategies for today's economic reality, keeping pace with expectations, and the CIO's evolving role. Part of the …
- CIOs and Enterprise IT, The 2010 Midwest Conference, March 15, 2010
March 15, 2010
Led by Ron Kraemer, CIO CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Debra Allison, Debra H. Allison, Interim Vice President for Information Technology at M…
- CIOs and Enterprise IT, The 2010 Southwest Conference, February 17, 2010
February 17, 2010
Continuing the dialogue generated at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, CIOs and senior enterprise IT leaders met before the start of the Southwest Regional Conference in Austin for a mix of p…
- CIOs in Wonderland: Transformational Leadership for Interesting Times
October 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Facing unprecedented financial challenges, IT leaders at campuses of the California State University collaborated to identify and implement transformational initiatives that could save several mill…
- CIOs on Consumerization
April 2, 2013
CIO’s Brad Wheeler and James Hilton reflect on what Consumerization means to the IT organization. ERO-CIOsOnConsumerization.mp…
- CIOs on the Move
January 1, 2000
This article is an update and summary of a panel discussion at EDUCAUSE99 where five CIOs from small colleges shared their experiences in changing jobs, especially in negotiating what they wanted. …
- CIOs Talk about Budgets: Emerging Stronger and Leaner
July 30, 2009
EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no.4 (July/August 2009): 20–35 CIOs Talk about Budgets: Emerging Stronger and Leaner ©2009 Bruce Maas, Fredrick Miller, Pattie Orr, Julie Ouska, and Shelton…
- CIOs, Leadership, and MOOCs
July 29, 2013
Many in the higher education community are excited about the opportunities presented by new learning modalities, particularly MOOCs. On many campuses, CIOs are part of the conversation about MO…
- CIOs: What You Need to Know to Be One, or to Work for One
January 13, 2011
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2011
CIOs in higher education are critical to the success of the organization because information technology strategy is synonymous with institutional strategy. What's the role of a CIO? What does …
- Computer Center-Library Relations at Smaller Institutions: A Look from Both Sides
January 1, 1998
The relationship between libraries and computer centers at smaller academic institutions has become increasingly important in recent years. This article looks at that relationship through a series …