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SMU Lyle School offers CIO certificate program
bridging technology and business

Classes to meet alternate Saturdays March 29 – May 10 on SMU Campus

February 18, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – Meeting the demand for executive training in the high growth field of Information Technology, SMU’s department of Engineering Management, Information, and Systems will offer a foundational certificate program for aspiring and new chief information officers (CIOs) beginning March 29.

SMU Lyle School of EngineeringMeeting on the SMU campus on four alternate Saturdays through May 10, the SMU CIO Certificate Program delivers practical advice and insight for IT managers and leaders in an informal format.  Classes will be limited to 20 participants, and a significant discount is available for participants who register by Feb. 28 at www.lyle.smu.edu/CIO.

The program will bridge technology with business skills, answering key questions such as:

  • What is important in your relationships with your clients?
  • How do you talk to a Board of Directors about the linkage between technology and business imperatives?
  • How do you safely track across the minefield of corporate budgeting and chargebacks while still providing business value to internal and external customers?

“The conundrum that many IT middle managers find is that there is not an abundance of IT-coupled-with-business educational courses aimed at the experienced manager preparing to make the leap to executive management,” said Kevin Campbell, CIO at Hunt Consolidated, Inc., and facilitator and chair of the CIO Certificate Program.  “We're providing the personal essentials to make a CIO successful with whatever technologies, products, or ‘cool gadgets’ may come out tomorrow, next month, or next year.”

Topics will include business and IT convergence, program management, IT legal matters, IT sourcing, finance and governance, risk management and information security, strategy and communications, and leadership.  Sessions will be led by renowned experts:

  • Charlie Feld – The Feld Group Institute, author of Blind Spot – A Leader’s Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation  
  • Austin Hutton – Hutton Consulting
  • David McLaughlin – Columbia Advisory Group
  • Peter Vogel – Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP
  • Skip Kapur – Independent Investment and Financial Consultant
  • Daren Martin, author of “The Tale of Three Coaches,” is the closing keynote speaker for the program.

The SMU CIO Certificate is offered through the continued executive education efforts of the Lyle School’s EMIS Department and designed by the department's Distinguished Advisory Council. The SMU CIO Certificate Program is unique to the North Texas-Oklahoma region, in contrast to transient conferences and seminars sometimes offered in the area.

“This program is a fine example of SMU’s Lyle School providing value at the intersection of industry, technology and leadership,” said Marc Christensen, dean of the Lyle School. “Corporate CIOs on the Department of Engineering Management, Information, & Systems’ Distinguished Advisory Council identified the need for a CIO certificate program at the Lyle School, and they piloted a program last year that was very well received.  This year we are rolling it out to an even broader corporate audience.”

“Networking opportunities will provide value added to the program,” said Campbell.  “The participants who completed the pilot program in spring 2013 unanimously voted to ‘keep it going’ after graduation.  They have met several times since then as a group and the hope is that future participants will be added to these alumni events and that the group will continue to grow and network.”

Sessions are scheduled for March 29, April 12, April 26 and May 10. All sessions will be held on the SMU campus, with the exception of the graduation ceremony and dinner, at a location to be determined by the graduates.  Each Saturday session, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will begin with a continental breakfast and include lunch and an afternoon snack.  Free parking is provided to all program participants.

Full price registration is $4,999, and an early bird discount of $400 is available for participants who register by Feb. 28.  Find out more about the program and register at www.lyle.smu.edu/CIO.  Questions may be directed to Tammy Sherwood at tsherwoo@lyle.smu.edu or 214-768-1100.


SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

SMU’s Bobby Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 20 graduate programs, including masters and doctoral degrees.

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