K.B. Massingill assumes chief information officer role at ACU


For immediate release
June 27, 2001

K.B. Massingill has been named chief information officer (CIO) at Abilene Christian University.

He will be responsible for all areas of technology, including Web development, information technology and educational technology. Massingill, a 1981 ACU graduate, is completing his doctoral dissertation and will graduate with a Ph.D. in information science from the University of North Texas in 2002.

Massingill is an instructor of digital media in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and has been director of the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence since February 1998.

"Technology is critical to our students, our classrooms and our faculty and staff members, and we want to ensure that we leverage the university's resources. K.B.'s experience makes him a natural fit for this position," said Jack Rich, executive vice president.

Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost, emphasized the importance of the Web, particularly its role in academics.

"The Internet and the World Wide Web have opened doors and provided opportunities for research and cooperative learning that were not even imagined a decade ago. The speed of change continues to increase, and we want to create an organizational structure that helps ACU keep pace," he said.

The Office of Marketing and Public Relations will continue to design and manage the appearance and content of ACU's primary Web site, Rich said. A new Web Development office will be responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of Web-related resources and environments.

"This reorganization is intended to emphasize the interrelationship of teaching, learning and technology and to provide a means to establish a Web Development group to directly address the strategic educational importance of the Internet and the World Wide Web," Massingill said.

"ACU has made significant strides in Web development, especially with regard to teaching and learning. The Web Development office will focus on creating more tools to automate and simplify the creation of Web content for departments while looking at strategic uses of the Web for recruiting, admissions, development and other areas," he said.

James Langford has been named director of Web Development, and Jim Trietsch has been promoted to executive director of Information Technology.

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