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Information Technology to be under new leadership

August 3rd, 2007


Priscilla Hancock

The University of Louisville Office of Information Technology will be under new leadership before Sept. 1, according to University Provost Shirley Willihnganz.

Priscilla Hancock, vice chancellor for information technology for the University of Alabama system, will assume the post of vice president for information technology and chief information officer, pending Board of Trustees’ approval.

“Dr. Hancock brings an impressive record of administrative experience in information technology,” Willihnganz said.

She fills a post longtime IT vice president Ron Moore vacated last year. Tom Sawyer, associate vice president for information technology, has served as head of IT in an acting capacity since July 2006.

“Tom has done a remarkable job in a very limited amount of time,” Willihnganz said. “He is a true professional, and the university is indeed fortunate to have him on staff. At the same time that we welcome Dr. Hancock, we want to thank him for all he has done.”

Hancock has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology.

“Computer applications are an integral part of experimental psychology,” she explained, “so I’ve been working with computers since 1978.”

Hancock formally began her information technology career at the University of Kansas as a statistical consultant and rose through the ranks at the University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University and Western Michigan University before going to the University of Alabama 10 years ago.

Noting that one of the things that attracted her to the UofL post is the Office of Information Technology’s good reputation throughout academia, she said that her goal is to ensure that IT facilitates the teaching, research and service missions of the university.

UofL “is a fabulous place,” Hancock said. “You can just feel the excitement and the warmth.”

“I am very excited and looking forward to this opportunity,” she said. “I found the city and the university — from upward administration to the students I got to meet — incredibly welcoming. Who wouldn’t want to be there?”

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