To assist deans, faculty and staff with information systems and
educational technology needs, The University of Southern Mississippi
has hired five new College Technology Officers (CTO).
The CTO position
was created to provide each of the five new colleges at Southern
Miss with dedicated iTech associates. These associates will assess
their respective academic division's technology needs and then work
with other iTech team members to see that those needs are met.
CTO reports directly to iTech's chief information officer and has
dotted line and secondary reporting responsibility to the dean for
the college to which the CTO is assigned," said Dr. Angeline
Dvorak, vice president for research and economic development at
Southern Miss. "Each CTO works with faculty members and staff
to understand and evaluate academic information technology needs
and strategies for his or her respective college."
More than 40
candidates from across the United States were interviewed, said
Tony Brooks, whose Pileum Corporation of Jackson helped conduct
the search. "Many were graduates and employees of Southern
Miss," Brooks said. "Finalists were interviewed by the
college deans so the candidates could be matched to the unique requirements
of the college."
The five new
officers are as follows:
Craig - College of Health. Employed by Southern Miss for six
years, Craig has served as director of support services, a Peoplesoft
trainer, and an information specialist in the Office of Institutional
Research and the College of Health and Human Sciences. Craig was
also a coordinator for the university Web redesign project and training
specialist in the Instructional Media Unit. She has a bachelor's
in computer science from Nicholls State University and 16 years
of information technology experience. "We have some gaps in
data and information that people on campus need in their offices,
and I think this group can help fill in those gaps," Craig
McKenzie - College of Science and Technology. An eight-year
resident of Hattiesburg, McKenzie has held a variety of technology
positions in various government, public and private sector organizations.
Most recently he served as an engineering manager at a large computer
OEM manufacturer, where he was responsible for research, development,
evaluation and implementation. He received a bachelor's in information
systems from Southern Miss and an MBA from William Carey College.
"I'm looking forward to bringing the latest technology to the
university and maximizing its benefit," McKenzie said.
Parker - College of Education and Psychology. An employee at
Southern Miss, Parker has worked the past three years as a systems
administrator designing and deploying e-mail, and Web and network
infrastructure servers. Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Parker
supported the Physician Practice Management system at the Hattiesburg
Clinic. Parker is a graduate of Southern Miss with bachelor's degrees
in anthropology and management information systems. "It'll
be great for the CTOs to work together to help integrate technology
into the colleges and to get the colleges to work together through
that," Parker said.
Sellers - College of Business and Economic Development. A resident
of Hattiesburg with 16 years of information technology experience,
Sellers has been with Southern Miss for six years, serving as supervisor
of computer resources and instructor of management information systems
for the College of Business and Economic Development. Sellers is
a graduate of Southern Miss with a bachelor's in computer engineering
technology and a master's in business administration.
Shoemake - College of Arts and Letters. A Hattiesburg native
returning from Denver, Colo., Shoemake has held senior technical/advisory
positions at KPMG, BASF, IBM Global Services and Level (3) Communications.
His technical experience includes information systems design and
management, network systems design and management, fault analysis
and disaster recovery planning.