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.
BiographyPolley McClure is Vice President for Information Technologies, Emeritus at Cornell University since retirement on June 30, 2009. Before retiring Polley was Vice President for Information Technologies and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell. Prior to joining Cornell she was Vice President and CIO, and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Virginia. Prior to that, she was Associate Vice President for Information Resources, and Professor of Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington.
McClure characterizes her professional experience in terms of two careers. The first was a more traditional academic faculty career at Indiana University, teaching Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and conducting research into the evolution of animal life history traits. Her second career as a university leader and manager of information technologies began in the early eighties and has now spanned three major academic institutions.
She has served on and chaired the Boards of Directors of CAUSE, Educom, and EDUCAUSE.
McClure received a bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Texas, Austin, an MA degree in Zoology (with a concentration in Ecology) from the University of Montana, and a PhD in Zoology (with a concentration in Ecology) from the University of Texas, Austin.
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.
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