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The 2020 - 2021 cohort will be delivered virtually!​

About the Course

The IT Executives (ITE) Program targets the unique challenges experienced by those in the most senior roles, regardless of whether they lead private sector or public sector organizations.  Today’s IT Executives require sophisticated skill sets in leadership, strategy, and management.  The IT Executives Program immerses IT leaders in a comprehensive study of executive-level issues, including IT strategy and planning, continuity of operations planning (COOP), governance, communications, security, workforce development, and the skills necessary to earn a seat at the executive table.

The IT Executives Program (ITE) is part of the overarching IT Leaders (ITL) Program, which also includes the IT Managers Program.  The IT Executives track includes approximately 21 more hours of education than the IT Managers track, with sessions specifically for IT Executives.  IT Executives will join IT Managers for their educational part of the program.  Combining parts of these programs offers many benefits, including the opportunity for IT Executives and IT Managers to interact during educational sessions, as well as, breaks and lunches.  Interaction and collaboration between IT Executives and IT Managers provide a better understanding and perspective of each other’s roles.

Given the relevance and impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the ITL curriculum will address significant challenges faced by the IT community and discuss applied solutions along with lessons learned.

Wherever relevant, topics will be addressed in the context of planning and response to unexpected events.  Lessons learned from those in class will further enhance the knowledge of ITL attendees.  

The Government Technology Institute (GTI) will deliver the 2020-2021 cohort of the IT Leaders Course (ITL) via an engaging and dynamic virtual platform. Nationally acclaimed technology experts and exceptional leaders from the public and private sectors will provide valuable presentations and participants will have the ability to connect with presenters and each other in virtual breakout sessions.

The plan is to allow the cohort to attend virtually. However, if COVID-19 mitigation efforts end and CDC guidelines change, sessions may be offered in a hybrid format of in-person and virtual for those choosing to continue using the virtual format. 

The IT Executives Program is specifically designed for current and aspiring senior-level IT executives.

  • Designates IT professionals with a recognized credential representing essential qualifications for the role of CIO.
  • Enhances the skills required to lead at the executive level, by focusing on strategy, communications, policy, finance, personnel and emerging technologies.
  • Provides senior level IT professionals with a venue for peer learning, network building and brainstorming.
  • Uses an applied strategic project for candidates to demonstrate mastery and produce a tangible product or service to benefit the organization.
  • Allows IT Executives to hear from thought-leaders and industry experts with expansive knowledge and experience in topics taught as part of the program.
  • Through the program, current and aspiring senior-level IT Executives earn six (6) college credits that can be applied to a master’s degree at Harrisburg University, a Certificate of Completion, and the opportunity for the Certified Government CIO (CGCIOTM) designation, in addition to learning to manage the demands of their increasingly complex roles.  Harrisburg University will counsel those interested in receiving college credits to ensure they meet all requirements. 

Featured Presenters from Past Sessions
  • President & CEO, Unisys
  • Global Chief Information Office (CIO, Deloitte
  • CIO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • CIO, United States Department of General Services
  • VP, Global Mobility, CISCO
  • Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Executive Director, Pennsylvania House of Appropriations
  • Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Former Deputy Commissioner, Pennsylvania State Police

The curriculum is designed to address specific issues or challenges routinely associated with leadership required by the organization’s most senior IT Executive.

The curriculum is supplemented by a Capstone Project, whereby IT Executives have an opportunity to apply what is learned through the curriculum.  .

The program is comprised of presentations, group exercises, networking, peer learning, and an individual capstone project.

Classes meet in-person, two (2) days per month, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

  • Module 1: IT Leader’s Role in the Digital Age
  • Module 2: Leadership & Trusting Relationships
  • Module 3: Business Strategies & Strategic Planning Tools
  • Module 4: 360 Communications & Selling Your Ideas
  • Module 5: Data-Driven Decision Making for Leaders
  • Module 6: Understanding & Leading Organizational Change / Agile, Lean, & Project Management
  • Module 7: Continuity of Operations (COOP) / Cyber Security
  • Module 8: Digital Organizations, Innovation, & Emerging Technologies
  • Module 9: Capstone Presentation & Graduation

To be considered for the IT Executives Program, applicants must be IT Professionals who oversee an IT organization, such as the CIO or IT Director for a for-profit entity, government agency, collective of agencies, local government, school district, or non-profit organization.

Those aspiring to be elevated into an IT leadership position may also be admitted given approval of their sponsor.

Each participant is expected to complete the Capstone project outlined in the “Curriculum” section.

Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the sessions is required.

Through the program, current and aspiring senior-level IT Executives earn six (6) college credits that can be applied to a master’s degree at Harrisburg University, a Certificate of Completion, and the opportunity for the Certified Government CIO (CGCIOTM) designation, in addition to learning to manage the demands of their increasingly complex roles.  Harrisburg University will counsel those interested in receiving college credits to ensure they meet all requirements. 




  • For-profit organizations (private): $2,995
  • Non-profit organizations and government (public): $2,495

Those accepted into the program or their organizations are responsible for the per-participant cost of the program. 

Payment is not due upon application. It is due upon acceptance into the program, with invoices emailed with acceptance letters. 

Should COVID-19 mitigation efforts end and CDC guidelines change allowing the course to be offered in person, the tuition would cover any meals provided. 

Parking and lodging are not included in the tuition fee.  Students are responsible for parking and lodging costs.

For information on parking in the Harrisburg University garage, and to view current hourly rates, please visit Standard Parking’s website at:

The application process consists of these steps: 

1. Candidate Application

To apply, candidates should:

  • Click the “Apply Now” button under “Next Cohort” below.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about their learning goals, past experiences, expertise, and knowledge they will bring to the cohort. 

Note: Candidates will not be prompted to submit payment as part of the initial application process. 

2. Nomination Letter

A nomination letter is required for each candidate, meeting the following criteria:

  • Written by the candidate’s sponsor, who is a member of senior leadership
  • Includes the nominee’s current position, responsibilities, skills, knowledge, and any special projects for which the nominee is responsible
  • Is addressed to “IT Executives Program Directors”

Letters should be emailed as follows:

  • To:
  • Subject line: IT Executives Certificate Nomination Letter for {Nominee FIRST and LAST name}

The deadline for nomination letters is the same as applications. 

3. Acceptance Notification & Payment

Applicants will be notified regarding whether they have or have not been accepted into the program.
At that time, all accepted participants will receive an invoice for the course, which can be paid by check, credit card, or ACH deposit. Payment is typically due within two months. 
See the specific deadlines under “Next Cohort” at the bottom of the page.

Graduate Testimonials

“As an IT Executive, it gave me a good chance for networking and provided a lot of topics geared to make ITE’s more successful.”

– 2019 IT Executives Graduate

“Guest speakers/panels were industry leaders that typically, I would not have the opportunity to hear.  The experience they brought to discussions was invaluable.”

-2019 IT Executives Graduate

“I think it is a great opportunity to work with others in government IT and for those who may just be taking a leadership role, it would be highly beneficial to hear from the presenters about leadership.”

-2019 IT Executives Graduate

Next Cohort:

Application Deadline has been extended!
New deadline date: July 27, 2020
All applications and nomination letters are due by this date.
See the “Application Process” above for detailed information.
Acceptance Notification:
Week of August 3, 2020
All applicants will be notified of whether or not they have been accepted into the program. 


Class Dates

Student Orientation: August 13, 2020

Module 1: Tues/Wednesday – September 1-2, 2020

Module 2: Tues/Wednesday – October 13-14, 2020

Module 3: Thurs/Friday – November 5-6, 2020

Module 4: Thurs/Friday – December 3-4, 2020

Module 5: Thurs/Friday – January 21-22, 2021

Module 6: Thurs/Friday – February 25-26, 2021

Module 7: Thurs/Friday – March 25-26, 2021

Module 8: Wed/Thursday – April 28-29, 2021

Module 9: Thurs/Friday – May 20-21, 2021               (Capstone & Graduation)

The Government Technology Institute

Harrisburg University’s Government Technology Institute is a driving force in educating IT Leaders, empowering them with increased skills to make “Good Government Great Government.” GTI connects government technology leaders with the expertise of its sponsors, as well as Harrisburg University faculty and advisors. Through its education, training, resources, and networking, Government Technology professionals use GTI to explore and collaborate on successful, cost-effective technology solutions.

Under the leadership of GTI Executive Director Charlie Gerhards, the GTI and its affiliated centers support learning, IT innovation, entrepreneurship, and intergovernmental collaboration that enhance the management, and leadership skills of the government workforce involved in information technology.