As part of its five-year strategic IT plan, North Carolina State University committed to improving the design and function of its IT governance, aligning its IT governance processes with the university mission and positioning governance for the impact of digital transformation.
BiographyMarc Hoit Biographical Statement Marc Hoit is the vice chancellor for information technology and CIO at North Carolina State University. Since arriving in 2008, he has led the development of a campus-wide IT strategic plan, an IT governance structure, and a strategic operating plan, as well as launching a number of key foundational projects that have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of IT on campus. The strategic planning process is an inclusive campus-wide activity to transform university IT into a more collaborative partnership within the university while directly supporting the mission, goals, and activities of the university. These supporting efforts include a more active role in grants and educational activities than is traditionally offered by a central IT organization. He is also a professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department at North Carolina State. Hoit previously held numerous administrative positions at the University of Florida, including interim CIO, director of the student PeopleSoft implementation, associate dean for Academic Affairs administration, and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. Hoit received his BS from Purdue University and his MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was recently honored as the top public-sector CIO by the Triangle Business Journal. Hoit continues to be active in research and is the co-principal investigator for the Department of Homeland Security: NCB-Prepared Grant, in collaboration with University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and SAS, which is developing early warning systems for health security using big data. He was the PI for the development of DIGGS, an international standard XML schema for transferring transportation information and data, funded by the Federal Highway Association. This new professional standard was recently adopted by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His structural engineering research developed the computer program FB-MultiPier, which performs nonlinear analysis of bridge piers, superstructure, and pile foundations subjected to dynamic loading. This research created the Florida Bridge Software Institute, a self-supporting program within the University of Florida, which continues to develop and license the software worldwide. Hoit continues to be active in his disciplinary societies and helped create the ExCEEd faculty development program and the strategic plan for the publications department, and he manages the annual Structures Congress for ASCE. He was recently named a fellow of ASCE and the Structural Engineering Institute to honor his contributions to the society and the engineering profession.
Changing an IT organization is difficult. Cultural, institutional, and individual resistances operate like inertia to thwart improvements.