By Greg Gelpi
Clayton College & State University is a pioneer in technology, and John Bryan says it will continue to be.
Clayton State hired Bryan, 53, to be its first vice president for information technology and services.
"The goal is to keep Clayton State a leader in the use of information technology," Bryan said. "It's a tool that can keep us from the drudgery of doing things laboriously."
As only the third public university in the nation to equip every student and faculty member with a laptop computer, Clayton State made technology a priority through its 1998 Information Technology Project. Bryan said that Clayton State has established itself in information technology, and it will be his job to help the university continue to serve the Southern Crescent through the use of technology.
"The challenge of the university will be to meet the challenges of the Southern Crescent," Bryan said.
He said information technology is "vitally important for students to learn for their careers and economic development."
Bryan will work with systems already in place, he said, but added that he will explore more Web-based learning.
The Web is "just beginning to affect higher education," Bryan said. It's a "powerful tool for providing access to information ubiquitously."
Clayton State is in the midst of its 7-in-7 campaign, a move to have 7,000 students enrolled by 2007. To accommodate such an enrollment, the university is looking into more satellite campuses and recently added a collaborative bachelor's of Information Technology degree completely online.
"I am delighted to join Clayton State and be a part of a University that is using 21st Century technology to provide the citizens of Atlanta's Southern Crescent with leading edge teaching, learning, exploration and economic development opportunities," Bryan said.
According to the university, other technology integrated into Clayton State includes "remote, unlimited anywhere/anytime Internet access, walk-up and telephone computer user assistance, e-mail accounts, on-campus notebook computer repair and a universal campus card that provides access to services like the campus copy center, financial aid processing, food services and vending."
Bryan is replacing Ronald W. Barden, Clayton State's executive director of Information Technology and Services. Barden is retiring after nine years with Clayton State and 25 years with the University System.
Bryan will begin work as vice president June 1. He comes from the University of New Orleans, where he was the assistant vice chancellor for university computing and communications.