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Texas Association of Government Information Technology Managers
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Public Technology

Certified Government Chief Information Officers™ (CGCIO™) Program

Register Today!
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019

Program Description

Public sector CIOs and IT directors are facing increasing challenges and responsibilities in the era of new governance. As the lines between traditional functional services and departments begin to blur, the IT leadership is charged with 1) managing the constantly expanding role for IT within your government, 2) protecting your government against ever-increasing security threats, and 3) keeping up with the feverish pace of new technology.

The CGCIO™ Program is a twelve-month course that lays the foundation for assessing and addressing some of the most critical issues facing IT leadership in the public sector. The purpose of this program is to equip leaders with the requisite tools to manage and improve their organizational technology assets. During the course of the program, we will address major topics, including IT governance, leading for results, legal aspects of public records laws, IT contracting, and many more. Each broad topic will examine specific local government issues and draw on participant experience to provide both theoretical and practical applied knowledge to the challenges. Case studies, exercises and guest speakers will be included.

Instructional Institution

The Center for Public Technology at the University of North Carolina’s School of Government will provide the instruction and administration for the CGCIO™ course (www.cpt.unc.edu). The Center for Public Technology at the UNC School of Government created the nation’s first local government-specific Chief Information Officers program in 2004 and has over 2000 graduates across the United States.


  • Kick-off Session: Face-to-face session at a central Texas location (this session is currently targeted for the week of October 14 in the Arlington area, pending confirmation by TAGITM)
  • 11 Modules of Asynchronous and Synchronous Courses:
    • 1-2 asynchronous sessions per month (webinars)
    • 1-2 synchronous sessions per month (online collaboration suite)
    • 10-12 hrs of homework and reading per month
  • Capstone and Graduation Session: Face-to-face class

Course Costs

$3750.00 for TAGITM members

2019-2020 Curriculum & Calendar for CGCIO™ Program
(topics subject to change to meet needs of students)

Dates Topic Content
October Understanding the Enterprise
  • Goal Alignment
  • IT Roles & Responsibilities
  • Value Add of IT
  • IT Governance
November Texas Specific IT Issues Recent years have focused on:
  • Social Media & Employee Rights
  • Public Records and Personally Owned/Managed Devices
  • Cybersecurity
  • Facilitated Discussion about common issues, challenges, and opportunities
December Strategic Technology Planning and Management
  • Creating A Strategic IT Plan
  • Stakeholder Identification
  • Business Process Mapping/Analysis
  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
January Communication: Creating a Shared Understanding
  • Strategies for Selling IT
  • Pitching to Elected Officials
  • Convincing Management
  • Engaging Your Users
February Work-Life Integration
  • Creating Balance
  • Stress and Its Impact
  • Learning to Say No
  • Maximizing Productivity
March Public Records, Open Meetings, and Emerging Case Law
  • Public records laws
  • Current case law related to IT
  • Open meetings laws
  • eDiscovery
  • Privacy laws
April Acquisition Management
  • Legal Requirements for Technology Contracts
  • Bid/No-Bid/Piggybacking/RFP Development
  • Contracting for the Cloud
  • IT Contract Terms for Inclusion
May Human Change Management
  • Neuroscience of change
  • Change resistance/Risk Assessment
  • Leading change
  • Opportunity identification
  • Knowledge management
  • Motivation techniques
June Leadership in a Change Environment
  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Conflict, Power, and Leadership
  • Leadership 360 Assessments
July The Leadership Challenge
  • Understanding the LPI and MLQ
  • Leading for Results
  • Individual Leadership Coaching Calls start in July
August Individual Leadership Coaching Calls
  • Individual Leadership Coaching Calls throughout the month
  • Think like a Freak
  • Great by Choice
September Capstone Session & Graduation
  • Tying It All Together (capstone session)
  • Graduation

Register Today!
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019

Additional information and registration can be found at: https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/texas-national-cgcio

Contact Shannon Tufts at tufts@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-5438 with any questions.