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New AVP in Academic Technology Services

Dr. Shariq AhmedDear Faculty and Staff,
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Shariq Ahmed has accepted the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Technology Services.  
Since 2013, Dr. Ahmed has served as the Director of Academic Computing and Instructional Technology Services at the University of Redlands. In this role he established, developed, and implemented new and existing programs. He worked with campus leadership and divisional committees to identify and create cutting-edge programs that enabled technology to be used more effectively campus wide. Alongside numerous awards, publications, certificates, and grants, Dr. Ahmed is a frequent conference presenter.  

From course development, programming, and project rollout, Dr. Ahmed managed all aspects of education technology, instructional design, learning technology, and online student support.  As part of the administrative team concerning campus technology, he then implemented these services to faculty, staff, students, and academic departments in the usage and infusion of academic technology online, face to face, or in the hybrid format.

While we welcome Dr. Ahmed to the Beach, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Dennis LuPresto for his excellent work serving as Interim AVP for ATS. He managed and navigated this critical team through the most difficult waters our campus has ever known. His management of proactively setting up faculty, staff, and students with training, resources, and support so they could quickly switch to remote learning is to be commended. Our whole campus owes him and his team a debt of gratitude for all he has done. I wish him the best in the future – it has been a true pleasure to work with him.
I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their work in an alternate format. I would also like to thank the many people who attended the virtual open forums and/or meetings during the interview process, as well as the large number who subsequently provided their assessments of the candidates.
Brian Jersky, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs