What is the
role of the CIO?
As a member of WCU's senior management team, the CIO is responsible for overseeing the university’s information technology operations and providing strategic leadership in planning, developing, implementing and maintaining technology and information systems that support the academic and administrative goals of the university.
Craig A. Fowler, an information technology executive with more than 20 years of private-sector experience with several Fortune 500 companies, is Western Carolina University’s chief information officer and member of the Executive Council.
Prior to joining WCU in July 2009, Craig was vice president of information technology at Corning Cable Systems, and served as CIO for the telecommunication cable and hardware division of the international Corning corporation. He also served as an information technology executive in positions at Dell, Raytheon and Texas Instruments.
Craig was appointed in 2004 and 2007 by then-Gov. Mike Easley and in 2010 by Gov. Bev Purdue as a commissioner for the e-NC Authority, a state initiative to link all North Carolinians, especially those in rural areas, to the Internet. He was a member of the board of directors of the N.C. Technology Association from 2002 until January 2009.
A graduate of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, Craig earned his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Dallas.