IT Strategic Plan Kickoff

Information Technology Services Kicks Off Strategic Planning Efforts

Feb 7, 2017

University of Kentucky Chief Information Officer Brian Nichols announced that Information Technology Services (ITS) had begun its strategic planning efforts.  “We recognize information technology is a great enabler of teaching and learning, of research, of the student experience, of the efficiency and effectiveness of campus operations, and of the University’s outreach and broader impact.“

“The IT strategic plan will strive to provide an environment which features a wealth of information technology resources, wherein IT infrastructure and services are innovative and readily available to provide exceptional support to students, faculty, and staff in their endeavors to uphold the UK mission,” said Nichols.

Five strategic planning task forces, with over 100 representatives from faculty, staff and university leadership will recommend initiatives to shape the future of IT at the university.  ITS will also engage students during the planning process through focus groups.

The ITS tasks forces, chairs, and co-chairs are:

  • Enterprise Systems Enablement:
    • Catie Lasley, executive director of human resources; and 
    • Lisa Wilson, associate provost for finance operations
  • Infrastructure:
    • Kelly Smith, associate dean, Academic and Student Affairs, College of Pharmacy; and 
    • Mary Beth Thomson, senior associate dean, Collections, Digital Scholarship and Technical Services
  • Research Enablement and Outreach:
    • Jim Griffioen, faculty, Computer Science, and director, Center for Computational Sciences; and 
    • Mark Lauersdorf, associate professor, Linguistics and director, Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities
  • Teaching and Learning:
    • Roger M. Brown, assistant professor, Agriculture Economics and director of undergraduate studies, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and
    • Brian Jackson, faculty, Physiology and interim dean, Graduate School
  • Student IT Enablement:
    • Beth Kraemer, librarian, Library Administration; and 
    • Drew Smith, interim assistant provost for student health and wellness, Student and Academic Life

Over the spring semester, these groups will also determine key areas of recommendation and action items to advance IT infrastructure and services. This process will enable UK to continue in the creative use, application, and provisioning of IT in support of the university’s strategic plan.

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