J. Michael Barker

Barker is the chief information officer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Higher Education IT Executive of the Year

J. Michael Barker was appointed Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective February 1, 2020. He served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO from January 31, 2019 to January 31, 2020. As Vice Chancellor and CIO, Barker has responsibility for Carolina’s central IT portfolio. He has proven his ability to recognize evolving challenges and provide long-term direction for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives at Carolina. As Vice Chancellor and a member of the Chancellor and Provost’s leadership cabinets, he has a central role in implementing ITS initiatives and objectives in Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, the University’s strategic plan.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.

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