New campus chief Information officer to lead improvements in technology

Posted by Karen Lykins - Tuesday, January 29 2013
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thumb reid_christenberryTennessee Tech University recently welcomed Reid Christenberry as its new chief information officer to direct strategic planning in Information Technology Services for the university.

The CIO title is new to the university and signifies a change in the breadth of responsibilities associated with the associate vice president for ITS. As CIO, Christenberry will be responsible for planning, organizing and overseeing all ITS decisions for the institution.

Christenberry has dedicated his career to higher education, where he has demonstrated success in serving the needs of students, faculty and staff. He says his goals include improving services, bringing full transparency to how decisions are made, and expediting successful strategies. Ultimately, he says his team will strive to transform the use of technology on campus as never before.

"In five years, I want to see TTU known for its focus on students when it comes to technology decisions," he said. "TTU should hold the strongest reputation in the state for its use of technology. I want our students to go home each Christmas break and brag about what TTU offers them that no other institution can offer."

Christenberry emphasizes that there's little value to using technology for technology's sake. Instead he talks about making an impact on the university by making IT decisions that are relevant to the university's goals and that are hassle-free to the people who matter most: the campus community.

"A CIO is responsible to do what is good for our customers, who are the students, faculty and staff," said Christenberry. "The real value of ITS is to leverage it so that faculty excel, students succeed and technology becomes convenient.

"We must act wisely to protect our data and systems, but at the same time we know that technology is a transformational tool. Our job is to try and meet the needs of the campus."

Christenberry most recently held the CIO position for Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest public institution in Georgia. His previous experience includes serving as associate vice chancellor for information and instructional technology operations for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and as vice president for information technology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Christenberry earned a master's degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a bachelor's degree in physics with a supporting program in computer science from Furman University.

"As the university welcomes Reid Christenberry, we also want to recognize the exceptional service of Dr. Curtis Armstrong, who served as interim associate vice president for information technology over the past five months," said Mark Stephens, TTU interim provost. "Dr. Armstrong worked tirelessly to ensure the highest level of IT service possible to the campus during this period of transition."