A former Weber State University student has returned to his alma mater to manage advanced technology.
Don E. Gardner, former associate vice president for information management and instructional technology at Winthrop University in South Carolina, began this month as Weber State's chief information officer.Gardner will supervise academic computing, administrative information systems, communication arts and technologies, and telecommunications at Weber State.
Gardner majored in music and drama at Weber State in 1961-62. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Utah State University in 1968 and a doctorate in education from Indiana University in 1974.
"Dr. Gardner comes to Weber State at a very important time," said President Paul H. Thompson. "The governor has asked that we use technology to teach more students, and Dr. Gardner will help advance technology-assisted teaching and distance learning at Weber State."
In addition to administrative tasks, Gardner will manage Weber State's efforts to provide more computer information at the Stewart Library and to help faculty teach more classes using the university's new video-conferencing system.
The university will use $392,000 from Gov. Leavitt's Technology Initiative fund to create seven on-campus video-conferencing or multimedia classrooms by the end of spring quarter.
Four pilot courses use video-conferencing to teach students simultaneously on campus and at the Davis Center in Layton.