The Certified Information Executive Course

A Results Oriented Certification for Strategic and Effective IT Executives

Our Senior Faculty: Experienced Executives and Teachers

The senior faculty of the Institute consists of current and former faculty members from the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Informatics at USC Upstate. Most are senior veterans of the corporate world representing many decades of business experience–much of it at the executive level. We provide real-world applicable knowledge combined with leading-edge thinking on new and powerful solutions to complex corporate challenges


Richard Routh

Dr. Richard L. Routh

Director of the Institute for CIO Excellence

Dr. Routh is the Director of the Institute for CIO Excellence. He was previously (2004-2014) the senior Business Informatics faculty in the Department of Informatics at USC Upstate. While there, he founded and was the director of the Institute for CIO Excellence. At USC Upstate he also taught courses in Corporate Communications and Executive IT Management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His focus was helping Masters students and graduating seniors understand the challenges that face a corporate CIO and how to communicate in a political corporate environment as business strategists. He has also taught courses at the undergraduate level in LAN, WAN, Information Security, and JAVA programming. Dr. Routh has served as adjunct technical advisor to the Cabinet of the President of the United States (Reagan Administration-1988), as founder and first Director of the U.S. Army's Artificial Intelligence Training Facility (1985-1988), as an e-commerce and business strategy consultant for a broad cross-section of business and industry (1988 - present), and as the president of a successful dot.com business (GINESYS, Inc. subsidiary called "PaintballCommand.com") which rose to be the top retailer in a niche extreme sporting goods market, and was sold at a profit in 1999. He has numerous publications including the authoritative chapter on "Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Systems" in the prestigious H.B. Maynard's Industrial Engineering Handbook and his most popular business book The Power of Role—The Upside of Corporate Politics.


Steve Caldwell

Dr. Steve Caldwell

Former Associate Professor, School of Business, USC Upstate

Steve has 28 years experience as an Information System professional, many of those years as a CIO with executive level responsibilities for the design, development, and implementation of strategic and operational business practices involving significant technological innovations. Much of this experience involved organizations within the consumer products industry such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola bottling systems. Steve was founding President of Data Ventures, LLC, a data mining company supporting strategic brand marketing for many companies, including Coca-Cola, Proctor and Gamble, Food Lion, Kroger, Franklins Supermarkets. Steve received his BS in Mathematics from Huntingdon College, an MS in Mathematics from Auburn University, and a Ph. D. in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Steve has lectured extensively at the graduate and undergraduate levels on "why people do what they do." Currently, Steve is on faculty at USC Upstate School of Business Administration and Economics and consults with Brand Velocity, Inc. Steve’s background provides a unique perspective involving both physical and social sciences in addition to extensive experience in organizational change and innovation, information technology (IT) management, executive team decision-making and leadership, and new start-up ventures. His most recent book is a growingly popular masterpiece in the practicalities of making strategic planning REALLY work for your company: Winning in a Hostile Environment: A Handbook for Managing the Double Bottom Line.