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Information Technology Services a merger of four units
AMES, Iowa -- Information Technology Services is the new name for Iowa
State's new centralized information technology department.
Four units on campus merged to create a new department and a more
coordinated approach to university information technology (IT) needs, says
Jim Davis, chief information officer and leader of the department.
"Combining the central IT organizations will allow us to better align
services with campus needs in support of the new university strategic plan,"
While the Information Technology Services department officially comes
into existence July 1, the reorganization of IT services on campus has been
under way for several months. The vision for the reorganization came from a
committee, appointed by the President Gregory Geoffroy last fall, to study
the information technology needs of Iowa State faculty, staff and students.
After an exhaustive study involving numerous groups and individuals, the
group made a series of recommendations, one of which was to merge four
central IT units -- Academic Information Technologies (AIT), Administrative
Technology Services (ATS), Instructional Technology Center (ITC), and
Telecommunications. (The Information Technology Study Report is at
Work on the reorganization began in January, and Davis recently announced
the administrative team that will lead the new department.
Joining Davis in the CIO office will be Maury Hope and John Kingland as
associate CIOs and David Popelka as assistant CIO. Currently, Hope is
director of ATS, Kingland is director of Telecommunications, and Popelka is
associate director of AIT. Each will oversee different areas of the new IT
organization, as well as lead new projects.
Following are the new directors:
- Richard Jones, Director, Systems & Operations
Jones will implement and maintain the university-wide computing system
infrastructure including desktop support, server support, enterprise
architecture, data center operations, academic/administrative systems,
software distribution, test and evaluation services, and public labs.
- Cheryl Langston, Director, Customer Services
Langston will supervise retail sales and services and the Solution Center
(help desk). Langston will also supervise campus relations involving
collaboration among the library, Extension, and the colleges.
- Diane Beckman, Director, University Information Systems
Beckman will coordinate the development of information system applications
for student & enrollment services, HR/Payroll/Institutional Research,
financial & business systems, departmental systems, contracted services,
new technology and internal systems. Many of these applications are
available through AccessPlus.
- Angela Bradley, Director, Networks & Communications
Bradley will lead the areas of campus network engineering, border and wide
area network engineering, PBX administration, systems and application
support, traffic and plant engineering, cable records, and second-level
- Rhonda Fiscus, Director, Administrative Services
Fiscus will oversee ITS budget, financial reports, software licensing,
audits, vendor contacts, IT websites, newsletters, reports, marketing,
internal and external communications, documentation, human resources, and
- Mike Bowman, Director, IT Security and Policies
Bowman will be responsible for the university-wide effort to establish and
review security practices and policies for the campus community. He also
will assist with risk management, security education, and monitoring
compliance with federal and state regulations.
- Jim Davis, Director, Academic Technologies
Davis will serve as director of this area while the area's direction is
refined. This area will include services offered by the Instructional
Technology Center, software applications that support teaching and learning
(e.g., WebCT), and research support for Geographic Information Systems and
High Performance Computing.
Information Technology Services is made of up of the following four units.
- Academic Information Technologies (AIT)
- Administrative Technology Services (ATS)
- Instructional Technology Center (ITC)