Presentation at the Fourth Annual ECAR/HP Summer Symposium for Higher Education IT Executives, July 13-15, 2005, New Castle Island, New Hampshire. This presentation and discussion explore the pivot points around which transition in the roles of, and opportunities for, IT in colleges and universities are taking place. It addresses such questions as: How are changes in the national research agenda affecting IT? How do innovations in research methods interact with those in IT? Can (or should) IT units keep a distance from interdisciplinary tensions and collaborations within their institutions? And how can faculty research needs be tapped?