Margaret Massey, PhD, Chief Information Officer of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, has been selected chair of the Mentoring Program of the Conference on Information Technology Management (CITM) for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).
The mentoring program, now in its tenth year, centers on developing leadership skills and fostering connections among information technology (IT) leaders in higher education. A committee of established IT professionals from the program facilitates this by selecting and matching rising IT leaders at one AJCU member institution with senior leadership at another school. This year’s cohort is being recruited from the 28 AJCU member institutions throughout the nation.
Drawing upon her own positive experience with mentoring as well as a personal and professional mission to advance the mission of Jesuit institutions of higher education, Massey understands the difference a positive mentor can make for individuals in new leadership positions.
“I have been the fortunate beneficiary of strong mentoring programs throughout my career, and this program offers participants, mentors and mentees alike, access to an amazing group of CIOs who have extensive experience in technology. Their diversity of thought is key -- understanding how things are approached at other organizations allows for creative problem solving at one’s own institution,” Massey states.
“Margaret’s leadership and expertise will prove to be exceptional assets to the mentoring program and to the AJCU at large. She has directly mentored many successful information technology professionals during her career and she is an incredibly collaborative administrator and leader. Her accomplishments at Spring Hill have been nothing short of heroic,” said Christopher P. Puto, PhD, President of Spring Hill College.
In addition to Massey, other members of the mentoring program’s committee include: Mary Therese Durr, Director of Computing Support and Information Technology Service Management at Boston College; Louise A. Finn, CIO & Associate Vice President of Technology Services at Loyola University Maryland; Patrick Frontiera, Vice President for Information Technology at Loyola Marymount University; Roxana J. Callejo Garcia, Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning & Innovation at Fordham University; and Vicki M Rosen, Head of Distance Learning and Branch Libraries for the University of San Francisco.
Nomination of applicants occurs each year, and participating mentees receive certificates of recognition. More information, including a full description of the program and application/nomination procedures, is available on the AJCU-CITM website.
“This program provides an exceptional opportunity to foster lasting relationships with leaders throughout the AJCU institutions,” Massey notes.