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UMN hosts CIC IT Leadership Program

October 20, 2015
CIC ITLP 2014
Five IT@UMN professionals participated in the 2015 cohort (pictured above): Aaron Bucher, Rosann Cahill, Gabe Garlets, Roger Stoen, and Michael Waltonen.

"Programs like this are essential to the development of leaders who can harness these technologies to support the advancement of the institution’s mission.”

More than 40 information technology leaders from around the country converged on the Twin Cities’ campus today for the 2016 CIC IT Leadership Program (ITLP). This three-day session is the first in a six-part series aimed at preparing IT staff from participating CIC universities to address challenges within their respective IT organizations and, more generally, within higher education.

“This is a pivotal time. The rapid evolution of technologies and their associated support models constantly pressure technologists to think differently about managing IT,” said interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bernard Gulachek. “Programs like this are essential to the development of leaders who can harness these technologies to support the advancement of the institution’s mission.”

The program, designed and facilitated by Brian McDonald, principal of Maximizing Organizational Resources (MOR) Associates, addresses the top 10 critical leadership competencies as identified by the CIC Chief Information Officers (CIOs) through coaching, active-learning workshops and on-going applied learning to current work settings and project teams.

The October session centers on leadership and strategic thinking. Participants will work in small groups to identify the characteristics of an effective leader, the tools for strategic decision-making and the trends shaping their work environments. They will build on this foundation over the next eight months.

Participants were selected by their CIOs and represent the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, and University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Donalee Attardo, John Colosey, Mike Connolly, Kendric Moore, Barb Smith, and Kevin Wu represent the University of Minnesota.