NITLE Fellows: Carol L. Smith

Carol L. Smith is the Chief Information Officer at DePauw University, a leading national liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana, a position that she has held since 2008. Ms. Smith joined the DePauw community in 1994 and has been variously involved with information technology programs and initiatives at the university, including playing a key role in developing the Faculty Instructional Technology Support (FITS) program. Her current role as leader of the Information Services division is to ensure that effective, appropriate, and sustainable IT resources and services are available to all students, faculty members, and staff members of the DePauw community. 

Ms. Smith is an active member in the higher education community. She was a member of the 2011 EDUCAUSE conference program committee, has served on the board of directors of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS), and is a frequent presenter at conferences. She is also an active member of several professional organizations, including EDUCAUSE, NITLE, and the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). Most recently, Ms. Smith engaged in two multi-institutional projects with ICI, one that resulted in a collaborative multi-year IT purchasing agreement and one focused on developing a shared off-site disaster recovery center. She is also looking forward to serving as a faculty member for the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute Program, beginning in 2014.

Ms. Smith’s passion for higher education and the liberal arts is expressed through her proclivity to seek and support partnerships. Information technology connects and supports nearly every aspect of a university’s vision and operations, and she believes that IT in higher education must clearly support that mission. She also believes that being able to collaborate across institutions to share ideas and solve problems is critical to our future success. Ms. Smith earned her undergraduate degree from DePauw and her M.S. degree in instruction systems technology from Indiana University School of Education in 2001. She is a graduate of the Frye Institute.

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