Kenneth Pierce
Kenneth R. Pierce

UTSA names vice provost for information technology, CIO

By Lynn Gosnell
Special Projects Writer

(June 19, 2009)--The UTSA Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announces the hiring of Kenneth R. Pierce as vice provost for information technology and chief information officer. He will begin work July 27.

Pierce will direct the Office of Information Technology and oversee its services in support of enterprise applications, infrastructure, academic computing, research computing and user support. He will be the principal adviser to the deans and university leadership team on all issues pertaining to information technology.

Pierce also will oversee efforts to develop strategic technology plans, identify emerging technology needs across the institution and establish annual technology priorities in support of the university's strategic goals.

"We are delighted to welcome Ken Pierce to the new position of vice provost for information technology and chief information officer at UTSA," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "With experience in both the private sector and in higher education, Pierce brings the leadership and talent we need to strengthen our information technology capabilities."

Pierce earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and an M.S. in information technology from Capella University. He comes to UTSA from the University of Texas at El Paso where, as chief information officer, he directed a staff of more than 90 full-time employees and 25 student employees. Pierce's private-sector experience includes stints at The Boeing Company in Seattle and General Dynamics in Dallas.

"UTSA has great potential in achieving its aspirations to deliver quality, affordable education to those seeking it and becoming a significant contributor to the research community," Pierce said. "Being in a position that will allow me to contribute to that success is exciting, and I am looking forward to the challenges that await me."

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