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"I am convinced that we will find new ways to use information technology to reach more students and to deepen the learning experience of those we touch. In a day not far from now, we will be able to break down the barriers of time and space and connect our students... This capacity to educate effectively across time and space will allow us to leverage the capacity of the university and reach many more young people."
President Kim B. Clark
Inaugural Address, October 11, 2005 [i]
As BYU-Idaho continues on a steady upward course, Information Technology is playing an increasingly central role in the university's ability to serve students, employees and many other groups. Our management structure allows I.T. to:
We are governed through an innovative management structure called a matrix model. Its head is the Interim CIO who reports to the University President. Our robust I.T. Infrastructure serves our students and employees through projects initiated and completed through four portfolios - Academics, Student Services, University Resources, and I.T. Core. Portfolios seek to meet the unique needs of BYU-Idaho's diverse operations. The Office of Information Technology is vital as we continue to serve individuals both on and off campus in BYU-Idaho's efforts to foster growth and learning.
Matrix models divide administrative and operational responsibilities. Under our matrix organization, people are organized by work assignments and skill set. This allows a management team to take on projects from first inception to final implementation. Each University Vice President has a dedicated team of I.T. professionals to focus on their portfolio needs. The matrix organizational structure breaks down the traditional I.T. silos and allows I.T. to be much more flexible, responsive, and efficient. The matrix model is a way to focus needs.