The search for a chief technical officer (CTO) that had begun in the fall has been postponed until after the mid-March retreat of the administrative and academic computing areas and the analysis of the results of the IT survey sent Feb. 4 to faculty, staff and students.
�The retreat and the results will play a major role in determining the potential structure of IT, which will determine the job description of the chief technology officer,� President Stephen Jordan says. �We need to understand how the IT staff and the University community as a whole view information technology and listen to their concerns and suggestions before going ahead with the search.�
The task force�s recommendation for the organizational structure of IT will be integral to the CTO�s responsibilities, says Raj Khandekar, co-chair of the Information Technology Strategic Plan Task Force.
�It is all interconnected,� Khandekar says. �Leadership, staff, budget as well as initiatives based on issues that need to be addressed will drive the overall plan.� He expects that a refined draft of the IT Strategic Plan will be submitted to Jordan in early April.
Jordan discussed the staffing issues in the two IT areas, including the CTO position, at the Spring Update, saying that the �survey and other outreach efforts are integral to developing a comprehensive blueprint for IT that will further integrate technology services into the fabric of the institution.�
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