Introduction

Higher-education institutions have come to rely upon technology to provide solutions and the infrastructure to support increased demands for services while dealing with a shrinking, less-experienced work force and tight budgets. It’s left up to chief information officers to find ways to support new technologies. Making decisions about which technologies to acquire today and which to adopt in the future can have a significant impact on budgets and strategies, and it requires wise choices, with little room for error. The Leadership Board for CIO’s in higher education provides insights and strategies and personal relationships that can help IT leaders in higher education plan for and manage technologies and resources.

The Leadership Board for CIO’s was formed by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Dr. Michael Zastrocky in 2009. Since 2011, LBCIO is an independent higher education organization run by LBCIO members and Dr. Zastrocky. For 2012 and 2013, Dr. Zastrocky  worked with the Chronicle on a series of sponsored Chronicle Webinars and a sponsored white paper analyzing the LBCIO survey data. The annual LBCIO global survey of higher education CIOs is now in it’s fifth year and provides insights into the strategic and tactical thinking of higher education CIOs and comparisons between types and sizes of institutions. The 2014 LBCIO survey will be distributed in April, 2014 with results ready by the end of summer 2014.

The purpose of the Board is to provide higher-education CIO’s with a series of online and face-to-face discussions to compare best or common business practices, discuss major issues pertaining to member functions and needs, and provide benchmarking data and key metrics to support both tactical and strategic planning. The size of the Board will be limited to no more than 50 members in order to provide a relationship based experience.

The Board meets regularly on-line and face-to-face with agendas for the meetings set by Board members. Board members also provide input into the annual CIO survey of higher education CIO’s globally.

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