A 25-year veteran of Information Technology Services at Eastern Illinois University has been chosen to head the unit on an interim basis.
Kathy Reed, who officially began her role as interim assistant vice president for ITS on March 15, will serve through June 30, 2011.
Bill Weber, vice president for business affairs, said it was his intent to begin a nationwide search in Fall 2010, with the goal of having a person permanently fill the position in July 2011.
Meanwhile, he added, "Ms. Reed has excellent communication and leadership skills, a solid record of accomplishment within ITS, and broad support both within ITS and across campus.
"I have asked (her) to lead Information Technology Services with the goals of enhancing customer service, developing an effective five-year technology plan, and partnering closely with the Center for Academic Technology Support and other university units," he added.
Reed, who joined ITS in 1985, has held numerous positions within the unit, including that of associate director for information systems, project leader and management analyst/programmer. Her roles have given her extensive experience in IT management, including strategic direction, planning, budget preparation and vendor relations.
In addition, Reed is skilled in evaluating current and future technologies and leading planning to support both short- and long-term IT initiatives.
Weber expressed his faith in Reed's abilities.
"Despite this being an interim position, I expect Ms. Reed will make some advancement within the unit -- not just keep it running until the position is permanently filled," he said.