What you're describing at Bowdoin mirrors the situation here at MCLA. I
think if a CIO is given the responsibility set of a COO, they will then
have to hire a new leader for technology. I'm at a teeny little rural
college with less than 2000 full time students and I'm more than fully
employed with the responsibilities I already have. Maybe what people are
getting at here is that the position of CIO is now a legitimate stepping
stone to the more all-encompassing VP positions where in the past a
technology manager pretty much stopped at CIO.
Mark Berman, Chief Information Officer
MCLA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street, North Adams, MA. 01247
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Message Mon, Apr 27, 2009 2:09 PM
From: Mitchel Davis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: CIO Digest - 24 Apr 2009 to 25 Apr 2009 (#2009-106)
At Bowdoin, the CIO is one of the senior officers of the College and
does have some operational responsibility for all the departments. The
CIO is on the president's cabinet and involved with the strategic
business and academic decision.
IT staff and the CIO work with the departments to set policy and to
refine business processes to meet the changing requirements of the
College. They then work with the clients to implement software solutions
that take advantage of this new streamlined operational state. Any large
software project proposal must include a very detailed business process
Data security is pushing the CIO even farther into the individual
department operations and the development of College governing policies.
Marketing and communication because of the dependence on technology to
communicate is just one more CIO responsibility.
The role of the CIO is evolving. For some it might turn into a COO
operational role like some CFOs or into something entirely different. I
am pretty sure that the new role will involve more responsibility and
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