This is the ninth year we've held the MOR Leaders Conference. Each year our practice has been to recognize the leader's role and relationship to bringing about change. Earlier conferences covered how change has played a major part in individuals' leadership journeys, how participants might look at change as a way of increasing the value proposition of IT at their universities, and how they could anticipate and adjust to a future where the new normal is continuous change. Last year, the focus was on creating adaptive organizations that can absorb the rapid pace of change in technology and deliver new services and applications made possible by those technologies.

Our 2016 conference will focus on how we might build on these experiences to REIMAGINE University IT.

The forces and trends shaping higher education and IT are moving at a faster and faster pace. The introduction of new technologies, the emergence of online learning and the cloud, the increased risks associated with security, the opportunity to scale commodity services and reduce costs, and the need to better support the core mission of the enterprise are shifting the IT landscape.

These trends represent a unique opportunity for IT to position the enterprise to succeed by delivering the teaching, learning and research tools and services that are critical to supporting faculty, students and staff as they advance the enterprise's teaching, learning and research mission. They require that we continue to develop and support the campus IT leadership community—improving partnerships, aligning strategies, and delivering IT services in a more effective and coordinated manner. To get there, we must answer two key questions: How could all the stakeholders at your university reimagine how the IT community works together to better leverage resources and provide a more integrated set of services? If you were creating an IT organization today, how would you design it?

This conference will explore how several campuses have already begun to answer these questions and provide participants with opportunities to explore ideas and next steps for their campuses. As in 2014, this conference will be virtual to enable more people to attend. We invite you to gather with your campus colleagues and use this opportunity to work collaboratively toward building a shared vision of the future, to further build a leadership community that can make this vision come to fruition, to further develop your own leadership, and to discuss how your IT community can rapidly evolve to seize the opportunities before it.

Thank you for joining us for the 2016 MOR Leaders Conference. Attached is the Conference Follow Up and Call to Action.


I. Welcome and Introduction

This Conference is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to look ahead at the direction IT needs to move in and to explore how IT could evolve toward a shared view of the future.


• To continue to engage you individually and collectively in pursuing your leadership development
• To acknowledge the forces and trends we see shaping IT in higher education
• To invite you and your colleagues to reimagine IT at your university

II. Leadership Requires Courage, Conviction and Confidence

Conference participants will have an opportunity to share definitions of each of these three leadership attributes and then discuss how these attributes or their absence show up in leaders around them.  After rating their personal capability in each of these three competencies, participants will form groups of two or three to share their current ratings and each identify one that he or she will work on.

As part of the table work, each table will identify a 4th C that it believes is an important leadership attribute.

III. Focusing on Important University Trends and Themes 

Following an introduction to the forces and trends shaping higher education’s external environment as well as the internal pressures, the conference will hear short remarks from several CIO's, each discussing the forces and trends that are leading them to “Re-Imagine IT” at their respective universities.

Participants at their table groups will then work to identify and discuss the trends and forces in play at their respective universities.

Four conference sites will be invited to briefly report their conclusions.

IV. REIMAGINING IT @ Your University 

Following a brief introduction to several strategies or pathways for REIMAGINING IT, several university CIOs will share how their universities are approaching this opportunity.

After participants have heard the CIO presentations, local table groups will discuss how the leadership community at their university could Re-Imagine IT so that IT would be more of a strategic asset supporting the mission critical work of the university.  Each university should identify three or four potential strategies or options.

Four universities will report on the strategies they have identified for possible implementation on their campuses.

V. Closing Remarks

Adjourn -- Hope to see you next year!