Join us for the 36th annual ACM SIGUCCS Spring Management Symposium (SMS) March 30 - April 1, 2009 at the DoubleTree Nashville Hotel. ACM is the Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS).

The symposium brings together higher education IT leaders and future leaders to share diverse views, and successful and challenging experiences in an intimate environment conducive to enabling real discourse toward real solutions. SMS has a legacy of providing interesting and relevant program content in a friendly atmosphere that lends itself to making rewarding and lasting professional contacts. Whether you are a veteran CIO or new to IT leadership and management, you'll leave the symposium with new thoughts, new ideas, new friends, and a connection to a professional network of your peers. The symposium's unique and highly successful format, features focused presentations, facilitated discussion sessions and panels along with two outstanding keynote speakers. Sessions are organized into three program tracks that focus on an area of interest to those with IT leadership responsibilities in institutions of higher education, whether large universities or small colleges.

The 2009 program tracks are:

  • Effective Planning, Collaborations, and Governance
  • Innovation: Options and Implementations
  • Leadership, Professional Development, and Applying the 'Soft Skills'


  • CIOs
  • Directors
  • Managers
  • Project Leaders
  • Team Leaders
  • Staff on leadership tracks


  • Early Bird Reception - Sunday evening
  • Pre-symposium Executive Seminar - Monday morning
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - Monday afternoon
  • Presentations and Panels Focused on Facilitated Discussions
  • Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning
  • New Comers Reception - Monday evening
  • Welcome Reception - Monday evening
  • Plenary Keynote Speaker - Tuesday morning
  • Lunch provided - Tuesday
  • Closing Plenary Panel - Wednesday morning
  • Poster Sessions and Vendor Exhibits
  • Tuesday Afternoon (with Luncheon Dessert)
  • "Birds of Feathers" Sessions - Monday afternoon
  • Evening Hospitality Suite - Monday and Tuesday night