James Clotfelter


Vitae JAMES CLOTFELTER Emeritus Professor of Political Science (pending) The University of North Carolina at Greensboro james_clotfelter@uncg.edu Jim Clotfelter was a Vice Chancellor at UNCG for 25 years, and a Political Science professor and program administrator at several universities. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in strategic planning, organizational development, organizational change, management of information technology, and accountability/metrics. Education & employment: • reporter for Time magazine, the Atlanta and Durham (NC) newspapers (covering civil rights movement, other) • M.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison) and B.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill); Editor of The Daily Tar Heel at Chapel Hill • between 1969-77, faculty member at Emory University & Texas Tech, post-doctoral fellow at Duke University • at UNCG, Professor of Political Science since 1977 and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services from January 1991 to his retirement in July 2016 Political science & public service: • author of three books published by Harper & Row, University of North Carolina Press, and Holt, Rinehart, Winston, and a number of journal articles; consultant (public opinion research); director, Center for Public Service, Texas Tech, funded by nine federal/state grants; head of UNCG Department of Political Science • chairman of North Carolina Child Care Corps (NC’s largest full-time AmeriCorps program during AmeriCorps’ first three years in 1990’s, operating in 15 NC counties) and director of NC Service Project, $2+ million in grants • founding member, NC Commission on Indigent Defense Services, 2000-08, and chairman of its budget committee (annual IDSC budget $110+ million) UNCG Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services (Chief Information Officer): • headed one of four divisions reporting to the Chancellor – central technology organization, staff of approx. 145 – and served on the Chancellor’s Council Professional accomplishments include: • as teacher, a number of students who’ve made significant contributions to society • as administrator, created a first-class team to develop a client-focused, cost-effective Information Technology Services division through four-fold growth; developed new financial plans and organizational structure; improved student computing (e.g., SuperLab); improved administrative computing (e.g., full implementation of ERP, w/first Web student registration in NC, & effective priority-setting process for projects); improved networking and communication services (e.g., full wired and wireless buildout and refresh, campus-wide VoIP, significant increases in speed/resiliency); negotiation of major software and telephony contracts; significant collaborative initiatives with other universities; outsourcing where cost-effective (e.g., student/faculty/staff email); and took on additional responsibilities for LMS/SLMS/classroom technology/other • responsible for University strategic planning for 15 years; led University Planning Council to move new Science building to top of facilities priority list; initiated UNCG’s data management/quality efforts; introduced detailed divisional metrics • community partnerships, e.g., leadership of community/UNCG efforts for successful 1993 NC higher education bond issue (Music building); and leadership of city/UNCG Spring Garden Street project creating new “front door” for UNCG

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Culture Change and IT Leadership
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    A vice chancellor of information technology for twenty-five years looks back to review some of the areas that any central IT organization—and its leader—must address in order to succeed more frequently and become more trusted.

  • The "Long Tenure" Approach
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    If you are a CIO for longer than five to six years, and if you possess the three P standards, you will have the opportunity to reshape the campus culture that grows up around information technology.