When José-Marie Griffiths completed her studies in physics with honors at University College London, she received a Ph.D. in information science and a post-doctorate in computer science and statistics. She was well aware of the immense changes innovation was making in science and society, and she hoped her academic preparation would support her wish to play an important role in education as a new century opened. In her subsequent career, first, as a research standard setter in information science and technology, and then as the chief information officer at the University of Michigan, she was exceptionally well prepared to bend information technology innovations to the needs of academic leaders. Her assignments at the Universities of North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Rhode Island include the responsibilities of dean, director, scientist, vice chancellor, and professor. José-Marie’s vision and accomplishments have been recognized with prestigious appointments. She has served three U.S. presidents on the National Science Board (2006-2012), the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (2003-2005), and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (1996-2002). José-Marie has testified before Congress and participated in blue-ribbon panels for the National Academy of Sciences and numerous committees for U.S. federal agencies, including NASA, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Navy. She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Information, Computing, and Communication in 2003. She received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science and Technology–the society’s highest honor–in 1999, and the Society Research Award in 1990. In 1999, she was the first academic to be named one of the “Top 25 Women on the Web” by San Francisco Women on the Web. She has received multiple additional awards, including the Excellence in Economic Development Award from the State of Michigan Economic Development Council.