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Answering a Phone Call and God’s Call: Meet the 2017 McQuilkin Scholarship Winner

March 02, 2017
Erin Gobbi wins CIU's McQuilkin Scholarship

By Bob Holmes

Sometimes Erin Gobbi doesn’t answer her mobile phone when the incoming call reads “Unknown.” But this time she decided to answer. She’s glad she did. The caller introduced himself as Bill Jones, president of Columbia International University.

“I just sat there. ‘Is this what I think it is?’” Erin said to herself.

It was.

Junior-Senior Visit Day

There's nothing like spending time on campus at Columbia International University to understand what it's like to be a Ram. Junior-Senior Visit Days offer a complete picture of CIU and are a great way to determine not only if you are a good fit for CIU, but if CIU is right for you.

Attend one of our Junior-Senior Visit Day events or schedule an individual visit that works for you!

Spring Junior-Senior Visit Days

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday, April 10, 2018

 

Junior-Senior Visit Day registration is currently closed.  Registration will open closer to the event dates.

Junior-Senior Visit Day Schedule 

 

March 15 & April 10, 2018

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.Admissions session geared to answer your questions about CIU and the admissions process
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Campus tour including our residence halls
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.Chapel service with entire student body
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch in the CIU cafe with a professor
1:30 -  2:45 p.m.Attend a class: Gospel of Matthew with Dr. Crutchfield

 

Vice President for Information Technology

Information Technology
Full-time
40 hours/12 months
March 13, 2017

Summary

The Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT) exercises leadership in assembling, developing, supervising, and evaluating a team of information professionals and support personnel in order to facilitate planning, research, acquisition, configuration, implementation, maintenance and security of information technology systems that support the business and academic processes within both divisions (Ben Lippen School and Higher Education) of the corporate institution.  The VPIT is responsible for working with executive, administrative and IT personnel across the corpo

Responsibilities

  • Recruit, select, develop, supervise and evaluate a team of information technology professionals and support personnel who possess and are growing in the personal qualities, technical/professional competence, communication skills, and service orientation required to excel in support of both educational and operational effectiveness.                      
  • Engage in ongoing proactive assessment of all current informational systems to evaluate functionality, efficiency, integrity, cost-effectiveness and integration with a view to develop long-term strategic plans for system improvements to (a) ensure continuing growth and improvement in integrating best practice technological advancements that fit the needs and requirements of the institution’s processes, and (b) facilitate acquiring adequate financial, material, and human resources to implement the strategic educational plan.
  • Work with executive team, peers and subordinates to develop an annual budget that realistically reflects planning and policy decisions and optimizes access to and reliability of educational technology, IT systems and connectivity/productivity tools.  Facilitate procurement and monitor vendor agreements within appropriate protocols.  Monitor monthly variance reports to ensure that the department and each of its subordinate departments operate within budget parameters.
  • Work with executive team members, department heads, deans, support staff and appropriate standing committees to develop and implement policies and procedures governing acquisition/procurement, configuration, operational integrity, and security of information technology systems, and connectivity/productivity tools to advance institutional effectiveness.
  • Supervise the development of web components to facilitate the functionality and accessibility of database information to internal and external users.  The web modules would include a user interface to database systems that is convenient, intuitive and aesthetic while protecting both the security and the integrity of data.
  • Oversee the process of data mining to inform the decision making processes of the administrative and executive functions of the institution.
  • Supervise the maintenance of current information system products such that (a) requests for changes in structure or processes are evaluated for efficiency and effectiveness with a view to implement those requests that best serve the institutional processes, (b) all requests and incidents are prioritized in an equitable and timely manner, (c) incidents are corrected in a timely manner to ensure the least amount of lost time for the user, and (d) faculty, students, administrators and institutional end-users receive clear and prompt communication concerning requests, incidents, service/performance forecasts, non-performance variance reports, and follow-up assessment.
  • Work through Digital Marketing Channels such as Social Media, Search Engine Marketing, and Search Engine Optimization in order to generate leads for student recruitment and, in general, to expand the CIU community by extending reach and engagement with various constituency groups.
  • Work with the executive team, peers and subordinates to improve operational efficiency through technology enhancements as well as documenting and automating processes.

Qualifications

  • Broad knowledge of educational technology applications, information technology systems (hardware and software), connectivity/productivity tools, Web development, telecommunications, database architecture, and management information/decision support systems.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skill, particularly in regard to project management.
  • Facility with detailed technical documentation in an administrative database management system setting.
  • Strong leadership, management, and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and planning ability.
  • Ability to achieve operational improvement through well-designed assessment/follow-up cycles.
  • Ability to manage multiple budgets.
  • Ability to effectively address diverse needs in a medium sized, complex institution.
  • Bachelor's degree required.

From CIU to the Pentagon

February 15, 2017
Chaplain Larry Dabeck

CIU alumnus “taking care of those who take care of soldiers”

By Bob Holmes

Army Chaplain Larry Dabeck saw the Iraqi rocket fire whizz just over his head and hit the next group of U.S. soldiers beside him. As he made his way to minister to the 14 seriously wounded men, he discovered among them was Staff Sgt. Roger Turner, a fellow Christian he knew well.

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