Over the next decade, 47 percent of academic chief information officers plan to retire. The problem isn’t a shortage of people stepping up to replace them: Unlike the college presidency, a position academic leaders are increasingly hesitant to fill, being the top techie on campus remains desirable. No, the real problem is a lack of people with the proper training and mentoring to step into these complicated jobs.
That’s the argument made by Wayne Brown, vice president for information technology at Excelsior College. “You can’t go someplace and say, ‘Train me to be a CIO,’” says Mr. Brown, who studies the role and effectiveness of campus technology officers. Classes focused specifically on higher education, he says, “really don’t exist.”
Now they do. Mr. Brown runs a new training program at Excelsior, the Center for Technology Leadership. This week, the center holds its first classes for aspiring and newly appointed CIO’s. Check out the classes here, and drop a note in the comments below to tell us whether you agree with Mr. Brown’s diagnosis of the CIO training gap.