Clotfelter joined UNCG as Professor of Political Science in 1977 and was appointed Vice Chancellor in 1991. In addition to his responsibilities in those roles, he was responsible for university planning and public partnerships, including the passage of the 1993 Higher Education Bond that included funds for the Music Building; he led the effort to develop a UNCG/City/State partnership to create the Spring Garden Streetscape; he led a planning council that recommended the building of the Sullivan Science Building; and he led two university-wide strategic planning efforts.
In his 25 years as Vice Chancellor, he essentially built an organization from the ground up during a time of significant technological change.
Because of his leadership and the efforts of the hardworking ITS staff, they were able to:
- fund, build and operate the core technology infrastructure that enables all of the mission-critical activities of the university, including the development of the campus’s network (31,768 wired network ports, 2,412 access points and 71 remote access points);
- successfully leverage key strategic technologies to build sustainable, cost-effective services (e.g., UNCG was one of the first three campuses in the nation to adopt Google Apps for Education);
- build strong collaborative partnerships with other UNC System schools and integrate University technology infrastructure with public anchor institutions as appropriate for the benefit of UNCG and the surrounding community. For example, with NC A&T, UNCG built a high speed/high availability fiber optic communications ring that traverses the city;
- implement balanced data security measures, create cross-functional data security governance, maintain effective security policies and procedures, and perform regular, sound risk assessments, which has led to consistent protection of the university’s critical data.
When Clotfelter steps down, Donna Heath, Associate Vice Chancellor for Systems and Networks, will serve as interim Vice Chancellor for ITS as the university conducts its search for a new permanent Vice Chancellor.