New IT Leadership Academy Cohort Set to Begin in September

New IT Leadership Academy Cohort Set to Begin in September

By University Information Technology Services
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The Information Technology Leadership Academy will kick off this September with a new cohort of 24 information technology professionals from across campus.

The IT Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Division of Human Resources and University Information Technology Services, helps information technology professionals expand their leadership skills, while also fostering a more cohesive IT community on campus. Now in its third year, the academy is for current and emerging IT leaders on campus who are committed to expanding their impact and leadership expertise.

A complete list of the 2017-18 IT Leadership Academy participants is available on the IT website. The IT Leadership Academy Application Review Committee, composed of leaders from across campus, evaluated applicants on their leadership potential, motivation and ability to identify and meet IT challenges.

The ITLA is already reaping dividends for the participants and for the campus as a whole, as past cohorts put into effect their personal development and their enhanced network, said Lauren Babson, director of enterprise technical services at UITS and the academy's steering committee chair.

"We incorporate connections between past participants and the current cohort to foster relationships and build the network," Babson said. "It's extraordinary to see past ITLA members draw upon the relationships they built during their time in the academy."

Karen Williams, vice president for information strategy and university libraries, is also pleased with the academy's outcomes. "These kinds of connections greatly improve the efficiency of our IT community and their ability to tackle our campus challenges," she said. "This year we are planning to leverage our alumni and participants for broader strategic planning efforts to improve IT collaboration and coordination across campus."

Susan Miller, deputy director of research cyberinfrastructure for Arizona Research Laboratories, was a member of the 2016-17 class. "The best part of ITLA was the opportunity to get to know my peers from other areas of campus," she said.

Cheryl Novalis-Marine, senior applications architect for continuing medical education, agreed.

"Participating in the ITLA afforded me a tremendous opportunity to connect with so many amazing people. We have so many creative and intelligent minds in IT throughout the University, and the IT Leadership Academy provided an avenue to leverage that resource."

The IT Leadership Academy program includes monthly in-depth sessions from September through March. The seven professional development meetings cover topics such as strategic planning, developing a client-centered focus, building social capital, collaborative management and topics related to the UA's mission, goals and strategic plan.

More information about the academy is available at it.arizona.edu/itla. Applicants not selected for this year's class are encouraged to reapply for the program next year.

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