By many accounts, Desdemona Cardoza was the hands-down favorite to lead California State University's Los Angeles campus when James M. Rosser -- the president since 1979 -- eventually stepped aside. Cardoza had spent 22 years as a faculty member and administrator there, and had worked closely with Rosser since he appointed her provost in 2007.
For such a mundane undertaking, reforming a campus’s back-office information system can be an expensive and risky prospect for a university CIO.
Larry Conrad knows this. Back when he was the chief information officer at Florida State University, Conrad remembers being called into the president’s office as he was about to preside over the implementation of a new information system -- known as an enterprise resource planning system, or ERP.
Chief academic officers from many postsecondary institutions express little interest in becoming college or university presidents, but provosts at liberal arts colleges are even less likely to make the big move.