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March 28, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU names new IT associate provost

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -John Ziegler, a veteran in technology development and implementation, has been named Slippery Rock University's new associate provost for information technology

Ziegler, who most recently served as executive director of computer and technology services at Duquesne University, assumes his new role Monday.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ziegler to Slippery Rock University," said Philip Way, SRU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "He brings a wealth of experience in emerging technologies and expertise in online learning that will enhance the University's progress in meeting its strategic goals. Dr. Ziegler has demonstrated abilities to lead and collaborate with a strong focus on customer service that will be a great asset to our University."

At SRU, the associate provost for information technology provides visionary leadership and is responsible for developing, evaluating and implementing all technology policies, programs and processes for both operational and strategic initiatives. Additional responsibilities include facilitating long-range and financial planning for technology solutions that are secure, stable, accessible and affordable and leading a technology staff in the operation of administrative support services, network technology, user support services, enterprise technology, systems development and telecommunications in collaboration with faculty, administration, staff, campus advisory groups and technology providers.

At Duquesne, Ziegler was responsible for coordinating and implementing technology into the campus community, including supervision of administrative computing, academic computing, networking, helpdesk operations, telecommunication functions, distance education, Web services, classroom services, staff development, computer store operations and media production areas. He oversaw a $9 million budget and was responsible for oversight of distance education technology.

He was also responsible for work with Blackboard and Banner system operations in addition to service on a variety of committees, including strategic planning, academic council, educational technology, enterprise computing, IT security, campus accreditation and emergency operations.

Ziegler earned his doctorate at Texas Tech University in instructional technology with a concentration in instructional design. He completed his master's degree in museum science at Texas Tech, and his bachelor of science degree in secondary education at Lock Haven University.

Prior to joining Duquesne, he had served as associate vice president for information technology at Emporia State University, as director of training services at Nicholas Consulting Engineers in Reno, Nev., and as senior instructional developer at the University of Nevada.

He was a staff development officer at Texas State Technical College at Waco, served as an instructor at Texas Tech-Lubbock and as a graduate assistant worked at The Museum at Texas Tech, including security.

Ziegler has been responsible for securing more than $2 million in grants dealing with technology enhancement.

He was presented the Leadership Excellence in Distance Education Award by the Kansas Advisory Board in Digital Learning, and the Excellence in Leadership Award from Colleague to Colleague; the Award of Distinction, from The Communicator for his "What are the Odds?" instructional video; and was named an Outstanding Faculty Member by the UCCSN board of regents. He was named a Master Teacher in 1991 and 1992 by the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development and has undertaken consulting work with the Detroit Public Schools, Waco ISD Quality in the Schools Seminar Series, Baylor University and the Marlin ISD Technology Initiative.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.