UNCP Hires New
Leader for Information Resources
Maurice Mitchell Jr. has been hired as associate vice chancellor for
Information Resources and will direct UNCP's Office of University
Computing and Information Services.
Dr. Mitchell comes
to UNCP from the University of Alabama's Tuscaloosa campus where he
was director of the computer center serving all the university's schools,
colleges, library and administrative units. With the exception of five
years as a public school teacher, Dr. Mitchell has spent his entire
career administering and teaching information technology in higher education.
include directing all university computing services, network systems,
interactive video network (NC-REN) and institutional data reporting.
He reports to Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs Roger Brown.
has over 25 years of experiences in managing technology innovation in
higher education," Dr. Brown said. "We welcome him as a valuable
addition in a key post at the university."
Dr. Mitchell said
UNCP has a good computing infrastructure, but there are many challenges
"We are in
position to do a lot of good things in the future," Dr. Mitchell
said. "There is a good appetite for technology here with some exciting
things going on like the Media Integration
program. The campus network is in pretty good shape and will require
some modernization to handle the increased volume of traffic in the
systems to the next level is a top priority for University Computing,
Dr. Mitchell said. Filling out adminission applications, online registrations
and posting grades online are examples of interactive services that
must be provided.
"Some of these
services will help the university attract students and faculty,"
Dr. Mitchell said. "Other new services will provide our stakeholders
- students, faculty and administration - with tools to make their jobs
Dr. Mitchell said
funding levels make prioritizing needs critical.
"A major part
of my time will be invested in developping a strategic plan for the
future of information technology at the university," he said. "We
need to find out what we should be doing with our limited resources."
"I've got to
be a cheerleader for critical programs," he continued. "There
is a change process, an innovation process, that I have been using in
this industry for approximately 15 years that I will use. I recognize
there is a need to introduce people to new products and ideas."
"We have some
real opportunities," Dr. Mitchell concluded.
Dr. Mitchell received
a Bachelor of Science in Education a Master of Arts in Vocational Education
from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems
Design and Development from Florida State University.
He was associate
vice president for Instruction and Research Services for San Jose State
University and a visiting professor and director of Computing and Information
Systems at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
He is a member of
EDUCAUSE and a past member of the Federation of American Research Networks,
the U.S. Distance Learning Association and the American Educational
His doctoral dissertation
was titled, "The Design, Development and Evaluation of an Algorithmic
Process for Reviewing/Selecting Existing Instructional Materials for
Inclusion in Local Instructional Systems Development. Dr. Mitchell has
published and made presentation in a wide variety of periodicals and
to University Newswire