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MIS Advisory Board and Industry Partnership

Board Member Organization  
William Banks Integrated Solutions Management, Inc.
Edwin Bartlett PricewaterhouseCoopers
Donna Buckner Primescape Solutions, Inc
Douglas Birch Microsoft
James Buckner Gartner
Cindy Brown Pratt Brown & Associates
Ryan Jordan Presidio
Mary McCoy Prism Plus Consulting
John Oakes Revenue Management Solutions
Larry Paley Beacon Strategies LLC
Andy Swenson UPC Insurance


Mission: Assist the faculty in developing, delivering and monitoring a high quality educational program so that UT Management Information Systems (MIS) and Financial Enterprise Systems (FES) graduates are equipped with the critical skill sets required by employers in the Tampa Bay area as well as nationally and internationally.

Objectives:

  • Conduct periodic reviews of the MIS and FES curricula
    • Exchange ideas with faculty on:
    • General industry trends
    • Information technology trends
    • Graduate/employee requirements for success as information system and financial service operations professionals in the areas of:
      - Skills
      - Knowledge
      - Abilities
  • Recommend actions impacting future MIS and FES program modifications in the areas of:
    • Overall curriculum design
    • Design of specific courses
    • Adoption or discontinuation of specific information system and financial service operations’ related technologies, tools and methodologies
    • Program accreditation
    • Internships and employment opportunities
  • Participate with faculty in selected research and curricular development activities

Member Selection: Advisory board members are volunteer executives from across the Tampa Bay area selected by the ITM department chair. Advisory board members may be recommended by other board members, the faculty or dean. Members will be selected to represent a cross section of organizations by both type and size. Board members will have either significant experience leading information systems organizations or significant experience recruiting and staffing information system positions, both of which give the member unique perspectives on departmental programs.

Industry Partnership

The ITM faculty has established a partnership with local and national industry leaders which has enabled us to:
  • Interface with local IT executives on current trends and their business needs
  • Participate on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association (TBTLA)
  • Interact directly with companies and organizations that use the SAP enterprise system through our partnership with the Florida Chapter of America's SAP User Group (ASUG)
  • Discuss curricular issues and approaches on how to meet the demands of changing information technologies and methods
  • Provide a formal mechanism for students to interact with IT industry leaders
  • Provide access to systems and curricular materials through programs such as the SAP University Alliance, Microsoft Academic Alliance, Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance and IBM Academic Initiative
Our industry partners:
  • Provide members for the MIS Advisory Board
  • Provide speakers for student groups
  • Provide access to internships facilitated through UT’s Career Services
  • Provide access to full-time employment facilitated through UT’s Career Services
  • Provide for joint student-expert presentations to industry groups which showcase the capabilities of students in the program