“We are meeting with the new Provost next week, and I would like you to introduce yourself and tell her why you are here and what you are going to do,” my boss told me on a Friday.
I had only recently taken over from my predecessor in my new role as CTO, and I was still figuring out my priorities and how to fix many of the operational concerns that had plagued our services.
That was the moment I knew this job was different. Like many people, I had risen to this role because of my success technically, but it was very clear that what had gotten me here, wasn’t going to get me there. In order to be effective, I knew I couldn’t just rely on a list of technical accomplishments. This was going to take real leadership.
I am hoping that this blog will help others who suddenly find themselves in positions of leadership and have learned, or need to learn new skills in order to be successful.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.Peter F. Drucker
For the past twenty plus years, I have been in information technology field, spending most of career at the University of California, Riverside. I’m currently the campus Chief Technology Officer.
I have a passion for the positive impact that technology can have within Higher Education. While I began my career writing code and performing systems administration tasks, I now spend all of my time thinking about my team and the leadership I need to bring in order for our organization to be better partners with our campus community.
I currently live in Riverside, California with my wife and my son.