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Chief Information Officer

Texas Woman’s University (TWU)
Denton, Texas
Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 17, 2024

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) invites applications and nominations for an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Now is a particularly exciting time. The university has achieved extraordinary accolades in academics, discovery, and service, is embarking on an unprecedented comprehensive capital campaign, is poised to significantly grow its healthcare programming, and is adding an aviation school to address a glaring commercial pilot shortage. Just two years ago, the Texas Legislature established the Texas Woman’s University System as the first university system in the nation with a woman-focused mission. The CIO is responsible for advancing the university’s curriculum, providing leadership for the faculty, overseeing research, and developing strategic, innovative programs that complement Texas Woman’s mission and strengths. The CIO will report to the position of chancellor and president, and will serve on her cabinet.

Founded in 1901 as a women’s college, the university has grown its mission of serving marginalized populations in higher education. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report recognized TWU — a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution — as having one of the top five most ethnically diverse student bodies in the nation, and in 2023 ranked the university among the nation’s best for social mobility. Additionally, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal recognized the university as a top pick in 2023, and the Wall Street Journal ranked the university 7th in the nation for overall student experience. Also in 2023, Texas Woman’s earned the coveted Seal of Excelencia, a certification that demonstrates a university’s commitment to accelerating Latino student success. Less than 1% of colleges and universities have earned this distinction.

The nation’s largest woman-focused university system, TWU produces leaders in the fields of education, the arts, sciences, business, nursing, and the health professions. Students have described their experience on the picturesque, flagship Denton campus as “a private feel at a public cost.” It is the only public, general academic university in Texas to offer doctoral degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, dance and multicultural women’s and gender studies. Men account for about 10% of the student population.

Since becoming a system in 2021, the university plans to form independent universities for its health science centers in Houston and Dallas. Denton, just north of the DFW area, is consistently named one of the nation’s best college towns, and Dallas and Houston have world-class museums, performing art centers, entertainment districts and professional and collegiate sports venues. As a whole, the university has a $1.8 billion annual economic impact on the state.

The College of Arts and Sciences, with more than 3,700 students, is the largest of the five colleges at Texas Woman’s. It offers most of its programs on the Denton campus. The areas of studies include arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science. The College of Health Sciences offers programs in Denton, Dallas, and Houston as well as online. Its academic programs include occupational therapy, physical therapy, communication sciences, dental hygiene, health studies, kinesiology, and nutrition and food sciences. The College of Nursing offers programs on all three campuses, including undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The College of Professional Education includes programs in library and information sciences, family sciences, teacher education, and reading. The College of Business offers programs in accounting, business administration, finance, management, human resource management, marketing, and healthcare administration. It offers innovative seven-week terms.

Texas Woman’s faculty and staff are steadfast advocates of an experiential teaching and learning environment where students engage in campus, workplace, and community activities that can help shape their sense of purpose, their appreciation for building meaningful personal and professional relationships, and their tenacity to overcome life’s challenges.

As a Carnegie-classified doctoral research university, TWU encourages undergraduate and graduate students to actively participate in faculty-led research — whether it’s developing programs to reduce violence against women, working with veterans and their families, expanding access for children with autism or identifying more effective ways to treat cancer cells. From basic to applied research, their faculty and students focus on finding innovative ways to solve problems at state, national and international levels.

Texas Woman’s takes a student-focused approach. They have created a learn-by-doing culture across all disciplines that encourages student engagement, fosters discovery, and promotes leadership at all levels. Students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and discover talents and skills they might have otherwise overlooked. Through a myriad of activities, organizations, leadership opportunities and a dedicated network of support services, students take part in a transformational process that encourages them to be lifelong learners, passionately engaged with their communities, devoted to service, and committed to a lifestyle of health and wellbeing.

Leadership Opportunities for the CIO include:

  • Strategic Technology Planning
  • Collaboration with Stakeholders
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Information Security
  • Technology Integration in Education
  • Data Management and Analytics
  • Budget Management
  • Staff Development and Leadership
  • Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Guides the development of enterprise technology standards, governance processes and performance metrics to ensure IT delivers value to the enterprise.
  • Implements IT continuous-improvement programs within enterprise guidelines.
  • Identifies and implements best practices for optimizing infrastructure and operations costs, improving system performance, and ensuring service-level requirements are met.
  • Oversees the execution of high-impact, enterprise­wide, strategic programs or initiatives.
  • Formulates IT policies, procedures, and performance management processes and measures.
  • Directs the preparation, review and consolidation of IT business plans, budgets and forecasts.
  • Negotiates contracts with vendors, and authorizes procurement.
  • Facilitates communications across IT groups, user and customer communities.
  • Directs teams of technical, professional and management staff in the successful fulfillment of IT service delivery commitments.
  • Manages IT resource requirements to ensure an appropriate balance between tactical and strategic demands.
  • Forms and maintains alliances with recognized experts and decision-makers.
  • Defines strategic imperatives in terms of the links between increased value, enterprise needs and technological solutions.
  • Procures support and funding from the leading stakeholders in the enterprise.
  • Reviews, sponsors and approves recommendations for university change programs that impact cross-functional key processes.
  • Steers enterprise initiatives that support the technology strategy.
  • Coaches, mentors and trains new and existing team members in political, organizational, behavioral and technical skills.
  • Represents the university at national and international forums and meetings.
  • Establishes leadership relationships with the local and state government offices.
  • Guides technology-focused governance bodies.
  • Establishes job standards for subordinate staff and effectively evaluates staff under charge in accordance with university policy.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Additional job-related experience and/or education may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in a technology-related position.
  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership responsibility managing multiple, large, cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree.

Nominations and Expressions of Interest:

Anthem Executive is pleased to assist Texas Woman’s with this national search. To express interest, you are requested to submit the following:

A letter of interest stating how your experience is applicable to the position and its opportunities, responsibilities, and requirements expressed in the leadership profile; a curriculum vitae or resume; and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. (References will not be contacted without your prior authorization.)

While letters of interest may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure full consideration. Anthem and the University reserve the right to end or extend the expression of interest, application, and nomination process at any time. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Materials should be submitted electronically to:

Nominations are also encouraged and should be directed to:

Texas Woman’s University, an AA/EEO employer, supports diversity. Men and women, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. All offers of employment will be contingent on the candidate’s ability to provide documents which establish proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. All positions at Texas Woman’s University are deemed security sensitive requiring background checks and verification of all academic credentials.

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