I made the move from Academic Administration (several areas) to CIO
about 5 years ago. I also taught for about 10 years, part time. I think
many of Mark's comments are valid for my move also. My experience was
that IT had not been adequately connected to the university mission and
goals. Although they were/are very competent, they seemed to be unable
see exactly how they could help. This was true for administrative and
academic computing, as well as classroom tech support.
We pulled these areas together with TV services, telecommunications,
and the web department and created a group which covers a wide range of
responsibilities, but works as a team. So far so good.
Jerry Waldron, CIO
Salisbury, MD 21801
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Technology is strategic, not just tactical.
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I made a very similar change about 25 years ago and have honestly
regretted the move. For the first 5 years in the full-time IT position
continued giving lectures at honours level but in the end it became
difficult to give the students the attention they required - so I
out of teaching altogether but retained some small research interests
database techniques which later turned into part-time consultancy work
Directorship of the University's consulting company.
Coming from an academic background into full-time IT management puts
a much better position than a career IT person in my opinion. The
do it, of course, the more you begin to be seen as "one of them
(administrators)" and this can occasionally be a problem. The
thing to remember at all times is who your customers are, what they
trying to achieve, and how you can best assist them.
It certainly worked for me!
On 24/7/02 1:39 AM, "Pat Kohrman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I would be interested in communicating with anyone who has made a
> change from full-time faculty member/part-time IT administration to
> full-time IT administration. I am being offered the opportunity to
> such a change.
> Pat Kohrman
> Pat Kohrman
> Instructor in Business Administration
> Chief Information Officer
> Penn State University
> Berks-Lehigh Valley College
> 143 Thun Library and Information Commons
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