As IT units across campus have increasingly worked as a unified OneIT community the past several years, a need was identified for an individual to drive strategic IT initiatives and priorities across multiple units while ensuring mutual accountability and alignment of IT services with the overall vision for OneIT. A competitive internal search to fill this new position was conducted, and we are grateful to the many qualified applicants for their interest. Lance Bolton has accepted the position of senior director for campus partnerships and collaboration. He will begin this new role Sept. 11, 2023, reporting to Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle.
Bolton has worked in IT at the UI for 20 years, serving as senior IT director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2011. He provides leadership, planning, operations, and decision-making for the complex IT environment of the largest UI college. He is an accomplished change agent. As a member of the OneIT Program Office, he provided oversight of 16 efficiency projects that transformed how IT is delivered on our campus and paved the way for our unified IT environment. Bolton provides a collegiate perspective on IT service models and deployments as a member of the OneIT Operations Team.
Bolton is a recipient of the IT Leadership Award, the UI Outstanding Staff Award, and several Improving Our Workplace (IOWA) Awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Arizona State University (ASU) and is earning a master’s degree in global security with a cybersecurity concentration from ASU. Before joining CLAS, Bolton worked as manager of application support in ITS Enterprise Services for eight years and held IT leadership roles at NCS Pearson and McLeod USA.
As senior director for OneIT partnerships and collaboration, Bolton will collaborate and provide guidance and leadership to local IT leaders. He will act as a change agent, assessing and anticipating IT-related needs and developing integrated solutions from a university-wide perspective. Additionally, he will support development of diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams across OneIT and serve as an escalation point in partnership with senior leadership in managing complex technology situations.
"OneIT is very much looking forward to leveraging Lance’s skills, experience, and relationships in his new role," Fleagle says. "This is an important position that we are strategically investing in to help us build upon the success we have had working collaboratively as an IT community."