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Higher Ed IT Leadership: The Hunt Is On

by David Weldon

Campus Technology

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The IT Leadership Challenge in Higher Ed

Today’s college IT department is “not built for future needs.” And add to that a “greying” of the IT leadership ranks, with nearly 50 percent of current campus CIOs eligible to retire over the next five to 10 years.

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Communication, Collaboration and Cultural Transition Needed in Educational Institutions’ IT Organizations

Education is not immune to the IT challenges that also face other industries. As technology becomes more prevalent in the delivery and administration of education in many settings, the ability to attract and retain skilled IT staff is a growing need. What should education leaders do now to ensure the bench strength needed to address existing, and prepare for future, technology needs?

An increasing demand for CIOs in education, driven by an aging IT staff population means that educators need to successfully partner with their IT colleagues to identify innovative and reliable ways to leverage technology to meet the changing demands of today’s learners. Change is needed in campus IT organizational structures which, currently, have a tendency to operate in silos. Cultural barriers also exist with existing staff often entrenched in traditional ways of working and, often, resistant to change. Lenovo is poised to serve as a catalyst and partner with educational institutions to identify and implement new strategies to best leverage technology in innovative ways.