Navigating the Higher Education CIO’s First 100 Days

Part of the CIO Leadership Series

Topics: Strategic Planning, Information Technology, Data Management, Information Security, IT Governance, Administration and Finance, Data Driven University, Leadership and Professional Development, Human Resources, Succession Planning, Planning and Budgeting

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IT Forum members can read the full resource to learn how to:

  • Plan stops on the institutional listening tour
  • Maximize the effectiveness of early conversations
  • Get up to speed on critical campus priorities and governance structures

Executive Summary

The increasingly strategic role of the higher education CIO makes effective transition more important than ever—and CIOs in colleges and universities face unique challenges in their first 100 days on campus.

This document offers advice from experienced CIOs on how to navigate a new campus, plan stops on the listening tour, make the most of early conversations with leaders as well as end users, and work effectively within the shared governance model.


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