May 18, 2006
ACU provost Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen announced Thursday that Dr. K.B. Massingill will return to his full-time role directing the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning.
For the past five years, Massingill has split his time between two positions: Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Adams Center director.
“A year ago, I urged K.B. to seriously consider returning full time to the Adams Center in the role of executive director,” VanRheenen said. “I am pleased he has finally agreed to do so.”
Under Massingill’s leadership, the Adams Center has become well known among universities in the prestigious Lilly National Network of Church-related Colleges and Universities and among the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, VanRheenen said.
“We want K.B. to build on that foundation and develop programs that can better serve our needs and the needs of other Christian colleges,” VanRheenen said.
Some accomplishments in the Adams Center in the past decade include partnership with the Library in developing the Learning Commons, increased funds for faculty projects, summer institutes, mini-grants for innovative teaching, travel grants, a new faculty mentoring program, faculty renewal leaves, pre-session conferences, and enhanced educational technology.
“K.B. has an unusual ability to think ‘outside the box.,’" said Phil Schubert, vice president for finance and administration. "He is at his best when confronted with challenges requiring innovation and creativity. His return to the Adams Center leadership role will provide increased opportunities to display these talents in ways that benefit ACU.”
In Massingill’s new role, he can devote more time to such faculty enrichment opportunities as faith and learning, scholarship of teaching and learning, e-portfolios, Researcher-in-Residence and Scholar-in-Residence, new technologies for learning, and innovative ways to engage students in learning.
“K.B. is a creative thinker and visionary leader who will build on the strong foundation he helped create five years ago,” VanRheenen said.
Massingill holds the Ph.D. and M.S. in Information Science from the University of North Texas and a B.S. in Ministry from ACU. He serves as an instructor in ACU’s Department of Management Science and has taught digital media courses in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also has taught at Hardin-Simmons University in the area of educational technology.
Kevin Roberts, director of reengineering, has been named interim CIO, and a search for a permanent CIO will begin immediately, Schubert said. Roberts’ recent major accomplishments include leadership of a new university-wide software system and development of the ACU Depot, a comprehensive, one-stop shop for student services.
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