Don E. Gardner has been named the new associate vice president for academic technology at CSULB. Gardner will begin his new position on Feb. 1.
Currently serving as the chief information officer at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Gardner is an experienced administrator with a broad portfolio in information systems and services, technology management, technology services, telecommunications and Web development.
"I am confident that Dr. Gardner will provide strong, wise and forward-looking leadership in the area of academic technology and technology planning," Provost and Senior Vice President Karen L. Gould said. "During his visit, Dr. Gardner emphasized that our technology planning and investments should be grounded in meeting the needs of faculty, students and staff. As one faculty member responded after meeting him, Dr. Gardner has 'excellent experience, good leadership skills' and is the 'ideal candidate for the job.' With Dr. Gardner's arrival in the spring semester, we are sure to see significant progress this year in our academic technology assessment and planning. "
The associate vice president for academic technology is a new position created to ensure CSULB is a leader in academic technology. Gardner will guide academic technology planning and investments for the university’s eight colleges, 2,200 faculty and 37,000 students. He will lead the Division of Academic Affairs in assessing and planning academic technology needs and implementing academic technology priorities, such as enhancing support for classroom instruction and facilitating the exploration of clickers, blogs, wikis, Web 2.0 services and other technologies to advance instruction.
"I am looking forward to joining the California State University, Long Beach community,” Gardner said. “CSULB has a well-established academic reputation and is one of the most desirable universities in the country. Under the leadership of President Alexander and Provost Gould, this is an exciting time for academic technology at Long Beach. We have the opportunity to make significant improvements in our academic technology services and programs. Working together, we will meet the changing expectations of faculty, students and staff and enhance CSULB's distinction as an outstanding university.”
Gardner has served as the chief information officer at Weber State since 1994. During his tenure there, he was responsible for a number of projects including establishing the university's information technology plan; creating integrated e-mail systems for students and staff as well as lifetime e-mail accounts for alumni; launching digital multimedia services for faculty and students; initiating WSU Online, the university's award-winning Internet-based courses, programs and services; overseeing major upgrades to Weber State's telephone switch and network; and managing the completion of new multimedia classrooms.
"Dr. Gardner's understanding of the importance of academic technology coupled with his breadth of experience leading, planning and managing technology programs and organizations, makes him the ideal person for this position," said Jill Horn, technology strategist and chair of the search committee. "His forward thinking ideas applied to the technology needs of faculty, students and staff will help upgrade our academic technology service and support programs."
Prior to working at Weber State, Gardner was executive director for information technology management at Winthrop University in South Carolina, associate vice president for information management at Florida Atlantic University, assistant vice president of institutional support services at the University of Wyoming, and held administrative positions at Portland State University in Oregon, Arizona State University and Indiana University.
Gardner earned his bachelor's degree from Utah State University and his doctorate in higher education administration with an emphasis in management information systems from Indiana University.