On Monday the college announced J. Keith Fowlkes, currently of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., will fill the new vice chancellor and chief information officer position.
"I have always aspired to serve an institution that seeks to realize the full potential of technology in educational and intellectual growth," Fowlkes said. "I believe UVa-Wise is precisely that institution for me."
Fowlkes has served as chief information officer at Saint Mary's since 2001. Previously, he was employed for 10 years in various IT and faculty roles at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. He has also served in a variety of state leadership levels with the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System, Indiana's I-Light project, Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Summit, and the Independent Colleges of Indiana CIO Group.
Fowlkes has also served as a technology consultant for numerous organizations including Goodyear, RCA Championships Inc., and the Indiana Professional Golf Association.
At UVa-Wise, Fowlkes will be in charge of the Office of Information Technology and for developing and promoting collaboratively a comprehensive vision for the innovative and effective applications of technology for academic and administrative purposes.
His responsibilities will include ensuring a safe, secure and stable computing environment; raising the technology skill level of faculty, staff and students; and steering UVa-Wise through federal, state and University of Virginia policies relevant to technology in higher education.
Fowlkes will join five other vice chancellors as a member of UVa-Wise Chancellor David J. Prior's senior staff.
"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Fowlkes and his family to our community," Prior said. "He brings to us a wealth of experience and achievements in a small-school, team-based setting much like our own here at UVa-Wise."
Fowlkes earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a master's degree in information systems management and master of business administration from Webster University in St. Louis.
"UVa-Wise clearly has an unparalleled commitment to its students and the community," he said. "I am honored and privileged to become a part of this dynamic environment and to witness its tremendous growth on the horizon."