The SUNY Institute for Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) is grounded on the concept that colleges and universities need leaders who are strategic and innovative as well as have a firm understanding of the special nature of the academic core of the institutions that they serve. The SAIL Institute seeks to advance understanding and development of the next generation of leaders in higher education, and we are calling on you to nominate the people that are/will be charged with these critical leadership roles. 

 NYSERNet and the SAIL Institute have partnered to provide a custom academy designed around a series of workshops to help both aspiring and current CIOs and IT leaders develop and strengthen the skills needed to thrive in the higher education IT landscape. This cohort-based program moves participants through a journey of self-discovery, skill development and knowledge creation.  We encourage you to nominate a colleague or yourself!  


Intended Audience 

  • New and aspiring chief information officers, chief digital information officers and information technology directors.
  • Current IT Practitioners, directors/assistant directors, assistant CIOs or research directors with significant responsibility for information services, including information technology, computing, software support, information security, data infrastructure, library services and so forth.
  • Those who provide the coordination and leadership for ensuring quality and success of information-related activities on their campuses.
  • Additional job titles may include Analysts, Heads of Technology, Deputy CIOs, Dean of IT, AVPs, Information Security Officers, Project Managers, Systems or Network Administrators or Managers, Lab and Classroom Technicians, etc.


Nominations will be accepted through 12/31 and then reviewed by a selection committee. Nominees will be notified of their acceptance status in early January 2022. Acceptance letters will include a link to register for the program. The kickoff event is scheduled for February 2, 3 & 10, 2022 and will be offered virtually. Review the SUNY SAIL Institute webpage for complete details about the CIO Leadership Academy, including associated costs. 

SUNY SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership