Technology Leadership: Today’s Higher Education CIO


There is little quantitative research on how to succeed as a CIO. Available literature, often based on expert opinion, focuses on highlighting select roles in which a CIO must excel as well as describing the skills, abilities, attributes, and expertise a successful CIO should possess. This ECAR research bulletin summarizes the literature surrounding the CIO position in higher education in three areas, specifically the constituents the CIO serves; the variety of roles a CIO may be required to assume; and the skills, abilities, attributes, and expertise currently thought necessary for CIO success.

Citation for this Work: Meredith L. Weiss. “Technology Leadership: Today’s Higher Education CIO.” (Research Bulletin 11, 2011). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 2011, available from

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