CIO Leadership Academy

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NYSERNet & the SAIL Institute (SUNY)

Program Description

The role of the CIO in universities, colleges, museums, health care facilities, primary and secondary schools, and other research institutions is changing rapidly. A decade ago, the CIO was primarily concerned with supporting the IT infrastructure of his or her organization. Today, CIOs are increasingly part of an organization’s leadership team, engaged in discussions about strategy and tactics. This evolution comes at the same time that both employees and clients are demanding sleeker, more mobile and more powerful technological infrastructures and interfaces. The modern CIO must be able to understand the changing face of technology, predict the needs of employees and clients, identify how new technologies solve old problems, and be able to lead cross-functional teams. To be successful, they need to be a visionary, a communicator, an implementer and a collaborator.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Leadership Academy enables current and aspiring CIOs to strengthen their leadership ability by:

  1. Gaining new understanding of their personal leadership styles;
  2. Knowing when to use different leadership skills based on the situation;
  3. Being able to articulate a vision and turn the vision into implementation;
  4. Learning how to build and lead a team;
  5. Developing new collaboration skills; and
  6. Advancing their understanding of key issues confronting CIOs (e.g., information security, institutional data management and new data-enabled student success technologies).

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand their personal leadership style and behavioral impact on others;
  • More effectively use communication and relationship-building skills to motivate others;
  • Lead and develop teams within complex organizations;
  • Understand the position of the CIO as a senior leader in their setting;
  • Identify new and future challenges confronting CIOs and develop proactive action plans;
  • Create a unifying vision for their organizations and learn strategies to collaborate across organizational silos.

Intended Audience

  • New and aspiring chief information officers, chief digital information officers and information technology directors.
  • Current directors, coordinators, research directors with significant responsibility for information services, including information technology, computing, software support, information security, data infrastructure, library services and so forth.
  • Those who provide the coordination and leadership for ensuring quality and success of information-related activities on their campuses.

Applied Learning Experience

As part of the learning experience, each participant will be expected to develop a plan to lead the implementation or development of an initiative, project or sub-project on his or her campus. Participants should come to the opening retreat with an idea for a project that they could move forward in a three- to 12-month time-frame. A planning framework will be provided and discussed during the opening retreat and participants will be expected to work on the development of the plan with pre-assigned learning groups during the duration of the meeting. Each participant will present his or her action plan as part of the capstone event. Plans should be developed by each individual in collaboration with other participant(s).

Instructional Philosophy

This cohort-based program moves participants through a journey of self-discovery, skill development and knowledge creation. A variety of pedagogical approaches are used to ensure that learners of all styles are able to engage in and contribute to the program. The program is largely interactive, using a variety of small group discussions, role-playing opportunities, simulations, leadership assessments, panel discussions and case studies all situated within the context in which the modern CIO exists. The faculty for the program will be a combination of leadership development experts and experienced CIOs.

  • Where

  • Rockefeller Institute of Government
    411 State Street
    Albany, New York 12203

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