Information Technology welcomed Isaac “Ike” Barton as its interim chief information officer at the beginning of the spring semester following the departure of former CIO, Brian Haugabrook.
The interim appointment came at the recommendation of the outgoing CIO and was supported by the vice president for Academic Affairs. At the time of his appointment, Barton served IT as its associate CIO.
“As the division’s associate CIO, I have served as the second-in-command to the CIO while providing the strategic vision for IT’s Enterprise Infrastructure Services department for more than 10 years,” said Barton. “My experience in IT spans 25 years – 20 of which I have specialized in the areas of infrastructure services at VSU. This includes management of the university’s data center, network and telecommunications service on campus.”
Barton said that during his time as interim CIO, he looks forward to cultivating and strengthening new and existing relationships with campus constituents to address technology needs and concerns as well as continuing IT’s mission of delivering exemplary technology services to enhance academic instruction and support student success. A major initiative for the semester includes an interactive master technology project list, which details a comprehensive, prioritized list of major technology projects that benefit each area of the institution.
“Our IT division is comprised of several departments, which include: Technical Support Services, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Enterprise Applications & Analytics, IT Training and Communication, Information Security, IT Project Management and IT Purchasing. Collectively, these teams work together to provide front-end and back-end technical support to students, faculty, staff and administration and implement several major projects that support the areas of student recruitment and retention, classroom innovations and campus safety. I am fortunate to work alongside experts in all areas of technology and a management team of leaders that are both supportive of my new role and committed to carrying out the strategic mission of our division and the university at-large.”
Barton’s areas of expertise include management, strategic planning, servers and storage, wired and wireless networking, VoIP, project planning, research and testing of advanced technologies, back-end support and training. He is also an Information Technology Certified Project Manager.