Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Valdosta State University - Georgia

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Valdosta State University seeks applications and nominations for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Valdosta State University seeks a dynamic, innovative and visionary leader who will build upon the academic and programmatic strengths as the University strives to meet the challenges of higher education in the 21st century.

About the University

Valdosta State University is committed to educating our students for the world of work and for the responsibilities of global citizenry, as well as service to our region by supporting research for both intellectual growth and economic development. We fulfill this commitment by recognizing and embracing the inextricable link between engagement and innovation.

Valdosta State University is a residential university within the University System of Georgia, with approximately 500 full-time faculty and 12,500 undergraduate, graduate and non-traditional adult students. Valdosta State is distinguished by the talent and dedication of its faculty & staff, the excellence of its academic programs, and by its emphasis on teaching, scholarship, artistic expression, professional practice and service to the community. The University has benefited from strong financial management through shared governance inclusive of faculty, staff and students in the budgetary process. Valdosta State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and its academic programs are accredited by AACSB, NCATE, CCNE, NASAD, NAST and NASM.

Position Overview

The CIO serves as the chief executive officer for the University’s Division of Information Technology and provides executive level leadership of the information technology infrastructure, services, and administrative information systems across the university and reports directly to the Provost. The CIO manages a full time staff of 45 people and has responsibility for VSU’s overall technology environment, including comprehensive IT implementation for research and teaching activities, a broad range of applications and infrastructure related to administrative support of data warehousing and analytics, information security and the integrity of all components of the data, as well as broad support for those who use technology in all facets of 21st century university life. The CIO will preside over a centralized organization with projects that include VOIP implementation, network infrastructure and tier-3 server designs, Data Warehouse management, e-learning concepts, Banner Student Information systems, PeopleSoft Financials, Digital Signage and CCTV administration, Active Directory Services, Crestron classroom technologies and other key technology initiatives. The CIO must possess business intelligence and project management skills that promote the university's strategic goal for student enrollment, learning, retention, progression, and graduation.

Applicants must have appropriate technical expertise and a proven record of achievement in IT leadership and futuristic planning with at least eight years of successful experience leading complex organizations, including strategic planning, consensus building, organizational leadership and budgeting. The successful candidate must have the vision to anticipate and implement future advances in IT as they relate to issues in higher education; the leadership skills to stay ahead of IT trends; and the foresight to plan for appropriate responses to changing campus needs. Prior experience in a university setting or related industrial experience, including understanding the roles and relationships of faculty, staff, and students, is highly desirable. A strong commitment to the highest ethical standards is essential. A proven ability to foster collaborative efforts, to build and lead partnerships with academic, corporate, and government entities, and to develop funding opportunities are also required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in IT leadership encompassing strategic planning, project management, budgeting, and leadership; in a complex organizational structure.
  • Forward thinking with an understanding of the broad array of technologies and a passion for staying abreast of information technology trends in higher education.
  • Ability to lead large scale IT implementation projects.
  • Demonstrated success as an innovative leader that includes outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel in a diverse community.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined to accomplish goals with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative working environment.
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a technology related field or equivalent industry experience.
  • At least 8 years management/supervisory skills in an IT professional environment that could include a university or similar complex setting.
Application Process

The Search Committee invites applications, inquiries, and nominations for this position.

Applications should be accompanied by a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of at least five professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and position will remain open until filled. Online application is required and should be submitted at: .

VSU is an equal opportunity educational institution and has a strong university commitment to diversity. For more information on the position contact Dr. Brian Gerber, or phone 229-333-5925.

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Contract Period:
12 months

CIP Discipline Code:
Information Technology

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