Surviving campus transitions
I went through three transitions in higher ed: University of Oregon Law School, Stanford Law School, and Stanford University. I am now getting ready for another one at Bowdoin with our president leaving in a year. As a senior officer, who reports to the president laying low is not really an option. Why just survive when you have the perfect opportunity to do something exceptional that could change your career?
When a CEO friend of mine sold his first startup, he called me and wondered why the new president of the company wasn't asking to talk with him more often. I told him that he wasn't the CEO any longer. I then asked him, what has he been doing or saying that would make the president want to talk with him? Change is full of risk and opportunity. Surviving is one option that will maintain or diminish your existing position. The other option is to assess all your options and then choose to be the person that best represents where you want to be when the dust settles.
I just spent two months at a residential global leadership program at HBS to prepare for this transition. I negotiated this option three years ago after learning the president was planning on leaving. It was a surprise to everyone that the president chose to leave when he did. How one prepares for creating or accepting change dilutes the risk and increases options. Spend your time thinking about how you will be an exceptional resource to the president during his/ her transition and you may survive or find an even better job waiting for you.
HIPPA compliant servers.
I would recommend you spend time learning the laws and requirements that govern HIPPA.
Once you know the laws, talk to some other CIOs who have similar requirements or hire a consultant to go over best practices. Spend time with your lawyers and add in security documentation to your campus requirements. HIPPA isn't just an IT requirement. Some existing business practices may have to change across your institution.
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