Northwest Missouri State University has named Roger Von Holzen as permanent vice president of information technology.
Appointed to the position in an interim capacity by President John Jasinski in 2012 following the retirement of Jon Rickman, Von Holzen will remain the university's top officer responsible for both information technology systems and the Office of Institutional Research.
"Roger will bring a great deal to the table, not the least of which is his long-term focus on technology in the classroom," Jasinski said.
"His focus on student learning and information technology, along with IT as a service component to the rest of the university, will help deliver enhanced capabilities for our students, faculty and staff."
Von Holzen joined Northwest in 1987 as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. In 1999, he was appointed director of the university's Center for Information Technology in Education, usually referred to as CITE.
Now that he is no longer interim VP, Von Holzen has handed over his CITE duties to the office's assistant director, Darla Runyon, who is also assuming responsibility for Textbook Services and and Northwest's distance learning programs.
Von Holzen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During a 10-year stint as a high school teacher, he earned a master's of education degree in computer studies from Northwest before going on to complete a doctorate in instructional technology from Texas Tech University in 1993.
"My first day as a faculty member at Northwest was the day Gov. John Ashcroft switched on Northwest’s Electronic Campus," Von Holzen said. "Since that time, I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of campus technology initiatives involving an extensive array of wonderful colleagues.
"This new path will enable me to build upon the solid IT structure established by Dr. Jon Rickman and to work closely with a strong group of talented people in order to meet the teaching, learning and support needs of all members of the Northwest community."
When first activated 26 years ago, Northwest's Electronic Campus made national headlines as the country's first comprehensive academic and residence hall computer network at a state-assisted university.