The author recaps her stimulating experience at the week-long Leading Change Institute 2016, focusing on the concept of entrepreneurial leadership and the promise it holds to address the challenges facing higher education IT and library leaders.
I am the Deputy CIO and Associate Director for Computing and Communications Services (CCS) at the University of Guelph. I am responsible for the shared leadership and direction of CCS and support our Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, Rebecca Graham in her very demanding and exciting areas of responsibility. I spend a great deal of my time engaging with stakeholders and campus leaders to support the academic, research and business goals of the campus. I am also fortunate to have relationships and engagements with Higher Education IT peers across Canada and in the US in order to further our collective areas of interest. I have been with CCS and the University of Guelph for over 17 years. I have had the fortune to undertake a variety of positions and responsibilities through that time and as a result I have developed a deep knowledge of university IT challenges and opportunities. My involvement with organizations like EDUCAUSE and Gartner have continued to expand my knowledge and awareness of the Higher Education IT realm. I have found an outlet for this knowledge through the facilitation of an online Technological Implications course offered as part of the certificate in University and College Administration programs through the University of Manitoba's Centre for Higher Education and Research and Development (CHERD). Some of my most satisfying contributions to CCS and the University of Guelph are the leadership activities in which I engage on a daily basis. We have a very strong organizational cultural and it has been a pleasure to be involved in the ongoing support and development of our excellent IT personnel, both in CCS and across our campus. I am a graduate of the EDUCAUSE and CLIR Leading Change Institute (2016), the EDUCAUSE Institute Management Program, the Centre for Higher Education and Research Development (CHERD) University Management Course, and have made various contributions to professional conferences including: past Steering Committee member and Program Chair with the ResNet Symposium and organization (now Student Technology Conference); a Program Chair and Logistics Committee Chair for the 2006 Ontario University Computing Conference (OUCC), past co-leadership of the EDUCAUSE Strategic Planning Constituency Group, three years as an elected staff member of the University of Guelph Board of Governors, a past 5 year elected member of the U of G Senate. I have presented at a number of conferences including: the Canadian Higher Education IT Conference (CanHEIT), the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), the Ontario Universities Computing Conference (OUCC), NERCOMP, the 2013 Atlantic Regional EDUCAUSE conference, and SIGUCCS symposiums.