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New information technology vice president hired

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University officials tapped a new vice president for information technology in May.

Kenneth Pierce will bring his tech expertise to Texas State officially assuming his position July 6 and will be succeeding C. Van Wyatt, who is retiring after serving since 2000 as vice president for information technology.

As vice president, Pierce will oversee educational technology, technology resources and the university library.

“I’m excited to be coming to Texas State,” Pierce said, “I believe that I can be of great benefit to the university, and that I can help everyone succeed.”

Connectivity and cost efficiency are top priorities to Pierce. He hopes to make innovations to the university’s educational technology, such as implementing full lecture capture, and adaptive learning assessments and platforms.

“There’s opportunity once I get on campus to try to bring in all different opinions and ideas, and people’s thoughts on where things should go,” Pierce said, “What they like, what they don’t like, what we need to do, what we need to stop doing—and get it from all different aspects.”

For the past nine years, Pierce has helped innovate and advance the technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as vice provost and chief information officer. Pierce previously held a similar position at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

“I’ve done several innovative projects to help with initiatives of the university, some in the areas of information security, educational technology or just helping to better manage the university using technology at a lower cost,” Pierce said.

Pierce said he hopes to make similar achievements at Texas State.

A Houston native, Pierce received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Capella University.

Pierce began pursuing a career in technology after he had a great experience programming in high school, when the field was not terribly advanced. He began his career as an engineer. Pierce realized, while designing aircraft, that he enjoyed the programs used to do his work more than the engineering aspect.

Pierce said the necessary creativity and design are still there when working with technology.

The new information technology vice president said he wishes to get a comprehensive view of what the student body, faculty and staff want for the university.

“It’s an important thing for other people not to speak on behalf of others,” Pierce said. “People need to speak on behalf of themselves, and then you really get the true information.”