Dr. Carver is an inspirational leader and visionary with more than 30 years of success achieving strategic business goals and transforming lives. He has extensive experience in technology strategy and operations for large multinational organizations. With a unique mix of industry and academic experiences, Dr. Carver has led the transformation of IT services by partnering with business owners, institutions, and other state agencies to jointly solve problems.
He was named Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in June 2015. He leads a team of dedicated professionals focused on providing solutions through world class IT with a focus on innovation, agility, and cost efficiency. By listening intently, acting intentionally, and partnering widely, he has led a team effort that has resulted in more than 100 wins for the campus in the first year at UAB. These wins include unlimited email, unlimited storage, greatly enhanced connectivity, 10-fold increase in high performance research computing, and new strategic plan that creates a world class IT organization empowering a world class research university.
Prior to UAB, Dr. Carver served as vice chancellor and chief information officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). In this capacity, he oversaw a statewide educational infrastructure and service organization with more than 250 innovators and an annual investment in higher education of more than $70 million. Carver led the transformation of USG Information Technology Services by partnering with business owners, institutions, and other state agencies. The introduction of private cloud services, entrepreneurial offerings, new learning management system, new data systems, new student advising system, unified communications, strategic partner engagement, and a focused and aligned financial model has been well received in Georgia and around the nation.
Prior to the USG, Dr. Carver served at the U.S. Military Academy – West Point in a number of senior positions including interim vice dean of education, vice dean for resources, associate dean for academic computing, and information technology program director. Carver led efforts that were successful in more than doubling student participation in international experiences and substantially expanded programs addressing the needs of at-risk students. In addition, he coordinated significant revisions to the curriculum, facilitated the completion of the construction of a $72 million library and learning center, and secured funding for a $182 million renovation of the science building.
Dr. Carver remains active in the classroom and research and rose through the faculty ranks from instructor to Professor of Computer Science during his time at West Point. Dr. Carver currently holds dual faculty appointments at UAB and Georgia State University.
Carver’s military career includes appointments as platoon leader, senior signal officer, company commander, battalion operations officer, division deputy G6, and military mentor. He was assigned to Korea and Italy, and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as a strategic mentor to
build their respective national military academies. He retired in 2010 as a Colonel after 27 years of service to our nation.
Throughout his career, Carver has been engaged in the active leadership of military, academic, research, and service organizations. He continued to serve as a member of a number of national governing bodies or executive boards. He is an American Council of Education fellow, senior-level member in the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional societies and continues to play an active role in shaping the national agenda in technology, education, and the interaction between the two.
Carver remains active in the field with numerous plenary presentations and blog posts each year and an occasional journal or conference paper. He has received numerous national and international honors and awards for military, teaching, and research excellence throughout his career. Recent awards or recognition include the 2012 Global CIO Break Away Leader Award, the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Georgia State Technology Innovation Awards, 2013 InformationWeek 500 Top Innovative Organizations (ranked in top 10), 2013 Information Week 20 Best Ideas to Steal, 2013 Atlanta Telecommunications Professional Leadership Impact Award, 2013 InformationWeek Chiefs of the Year, 2014 ComputerWorld Premiere 100 Leaders, 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100, 2014 NASCIO Enterprise Management State Recognition Award, and 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year. In 2015 and 2016, the students selected for Carver three times as the top professor in their program of student within the CIS department.