Mount Holyoke College, a distinguished liberal arts college and recognized global leader in higher education for women, seeks a visionary leader as chief information officer and executive director of Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS). LITS is a deeply blended, national award-winning Library and IT organization which has operated as a cohesive information division for over a decade. The next CIO will build on the strengths of the College’s information landscape and the LITS organization, forge a strategic direction for the coming years, and enhance service excellence in support of the teaching and research missions.
Founded by a woman chemist in 1837, Mount Holyoke College has been a trailblazer in higher education from the beginning, creating the model for rigorous all-women college education in the United States. Today, that spirit of innovation continues as a fundamental aspect of the Mount Holyoke culture and has been reinvigorated under the leadership of President Lynn Pasquerella. This is an exceptional opportunity for a new CIO to influence the future direction of the College and to lead the high performing LITS division at a time when there is genuine institutional appetite for change and innovation in the information sphere.
As the strategic leader of library and information technology services, the CIO will play a critical role in advancing the College’s mission by supporting world-class scholarship, sustaining excellence in educational and instructional activities, and enhancing systems to improve efficiency and communication across all operational and academic units. Reporting to the vice president for academic affairs & dean of faculty, Sonya Stephens, the CIO heads a 70-person organization with an $11 million operating budget and is a member of the president’s senior staff. The CIO is responsible for strategic planning, organizational management and development, and financial planning, budgeting and control, and oversees library services, technology infrastructure, administrative systems, academic and instructional technology, and user support. As a member of the Five College Consortium in Western Massachusetts, which includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the new Mount Holyoke CIO will join a network of outstanding peers who collaborate to support curricular, business, and technical innovation at the five institutions.
The successful candidate will be an imaginative information leader and an outstanding manager with an inclination and talent for collaboration. She or he will bring a deep understanding of the transformative possibilities that information and technology brings to an educational institution in the 21st century as well as deep respect for the traditional roles of the library and academic computing. The next CIO will sustain and enhance connections among faculty, students, staff, and LITS and develop further the distinctive strengths of an integrated library and technology organization. The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree and bring a record of leadership in an academic setting, with substantive knowledge in both the information services and library fields.
Mount Holyoke College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters in confidence to: Vivian Brocard and Sarah Herman, Isaacson, Miller, 263 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110; e-mail: www.imsearch.com/5160. Electronic submission of materials preferred.
Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, encouraging excellence through diversity.
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