Reagan Ramsower Appointed Chief Information Officer

Nov. 3, 2000

by Larry D. Brumley

In a reorganization of Baylor's information technology areas, Dr. Reagan M. Ramsower, professor of information systems and associate dean for technology in the Hankamer School of Business, has been appointed to the newly created position of associate vice president and chief information officer by Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. The appointment is effective immediately.

Dr. Donald L. Hardcastle, who has directed Baylor's Information Technology Center since 1981, will return to a teaching post in the University's physics department. Dr. Hardcastle is a tenured professor of physics and has been a Baylor faculty member since 1967.

"The University is deeply grateful to Dr. Hardcastle for his leadership over these past 19 years," said David R. Brooks, vice president for finance and administration. "He has guided the Information Technology Center through enormous growth and transformation and influenced a number of innovations in the application of technology on the Baylor campus.

"Dr. Ramsower will lead in the creation of a new vision that will seek to bring rapidly expanding information technology issues into sharp focus and leverage technology to enhance Baylor's academic mission and the administrative support of that mission," Brooks said.

Approximately 100 staff currently work in the information technology division, which includes instructional technology, information systems and services, workstation systems and services, networking systems, student technology services, telephone services and the campus computer store. The Office of Institutional Research and Testing, the Institute for Technology Innovation Management and the Institute for Emerging Technology also will be integrated into the new area that Dr. Ramsower will oversee.

Dr. Ramsower joined the Baylor faculty in 1976. He earned a B.B.A. and a master's degree in economics from the University and holds a Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

He serves as editor-in-chief of ISWorld Net and is publisher of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Communications of the Association for Information Systems. He is program chair for the 2002 America's Conference on Information Systems, which will be co-hosted by Baylor and the University of North Texas. In addition, he is technology chair for the association's annual conference and is a founding member and former chair of Baylor's Technology Planning Council.

"The opportunities created by this new position will bring together all the various areas involved with using technology and information to effectively and efficiently accomplish the mission and strategic goals of the University," Dr. Ramsower said. "I look forward to working with all members of the University community, and I'm honored by the confidence and encouragement that the administration has placed in me by giving me this challenge."

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