For institutions to fully benefit from their investments in student success and to position themselves for continued improvement, IT leadership must get engaged and develop an IT strategy that supports student success and can evolve with the institution's needs.
Mr. John "Jack" Suess is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As Vice President, he reports to the President and provides university leadership for information technology at UMBC and serves on the executive leadership team of the university. His bio is here.
Mr. Suess has been an active researcher in advanced networking and was PI on UMBC's 1997 NSF grant for vBNS networking and was the PI on a 2014 NSF cyber infrastructure grant to upgrade the network to 100 Gbits. In addition he has been co-PI on a NSF grant to increase women in IT through improved access to global resources and a state grant for broadening IT skills across all majors.
Mr. Suess has served, or is presently serving, on the boards of Internet2, EDUCAUSE, IMSglobal, InCommon, REN-ISAC, and the NIST National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace He has been a thought leader and researcher in the areas of advanced networks, cybersecurity, identity management, analytics, and the technology standards for learning technologies.
Building effective leadership teams, for both the institution and the IT organization, can enable transformative change in higher education.
As guidance for current and aspiring IT leaders, the author recommends resources created by EDUCAUSE and Jisc, focusing on a visual model that places the IT leader at the center as Information Technology Strategist surrounded by 10 core skills or competencies.
EDUCAUSE Analytics Services Design Panel
EDUCAUSE Board of Directors
HEISC Advisory Committee
Policy Advisory Committee