Curt Carver


Curtis A. Carver Jr., PhD., is the vice president and chief information officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In this role as servant leader and enabler of others, he leads a team of dedicated professionals focused on providing solutions to the UAB through world class IT with a focus on innovation, agility, and cost efficiency. Prior to UAB, Dr. Carver served as vice chancellor and chief information officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). In this capacity, he oversaw a statewide educational infrastructure and service organization with more than 250 innovators and an annual investment in higher education of more than $70 million. Carver led the transformation of USG Information Technology Services by partnering with business owners, institutions, and other state agencies. The introduction of private cloud services, entrepreneurial offerings, new learning management system, new data systems, new student advising system, unified communications, strategic partner engagement, and a focused and aligned financial model has been well received in Georgia and around the nation. Prior to the USG, Dr. Carver served at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point in a number of senior positions including interim vice dean of education, vice dean for resources, associate dean for academic computing, and information technology program director. Carver led efforts that were successful in more than doubling student participation in international experiences and substantially expanded programs addressing the needs of at-risk students. In addition, he coordinated significant revisions to the curriculum, facilitated the completion of the construction of a $72 million library and learning center, and secured funding for a $182 million renovation of the science building. Dr. Carver remains active in the classroom and research and rose through the faculty ranks from instructor to Professor of Computer Science during his time at West Point. He holds dual non-tenure track appointments at UAB and Georgia State University as professor and clinical professor perspectively. Carver's military career includes appointments as platoon leader, senior signal officer, company commander, battalion operations officer, division deputy G6, and military mentor. He was assigned to Korea and Italy, and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as a strategic mentor to build their respective national military academies. He retired in 2010 as a Colonel after 27 years of service to our nation. Throughout his career, Carver has been engaged in the active leadership of military, academic, research, and service organizations. He continued to serve as a member of a number of national governing bodies or executive boards. He is an American Council of Education fellow, senior-level member in the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional societies and continues to play an active role in shaping the national agenda in technology, education, and the interaction between the two. Carver has authored hundreds of journal articles, conference papers, provided keynote presentations, or other plenary presentations. He has received numerous national and international honors and awards for military, teaching, and research excellence throughout his career. Recent awards or recognition include the 2012 Global CIO Break Away Leader Award, the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Georgia State Technology Innovation Awards, 2013 InformationWeek 500 Top Innovative Organizations (ranked in top 10), 2013 Information Week 20 Best Ideas to Steal, 2013 Atlanta Telecommunications Professional Leadership Impact Award, 2013 InformationWeek Chiefs of the Year, 2014 ComputerWorld Premiere 100 Leaders, 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100, 2014 NASCIO Enterprise Management State Recognition Award, and 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year.

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  • 7 Things You Should Know About Mental Health and Higher Education
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    Mental health has become the subject of open, honest discussion in higher education and beyond. Fallout from the pandemic thrust mental health into an even broader, brighter spotlight, exposing long-standing sources of stress, anxiety, and depression and creating new ones. Mental health is integral to one’s ability to succeed academically, and colleges and universities must work to expose the sources and consequences of mental health disorders and find ways to address them.

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