Armstrong Announces New Chief Information Officer

(April 13, 2012) Armstrong Atlantic State University announces the appointment of Robert Howard as the university's new Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective April 9, 2012.

As CIO, Howard will provide vision and leadership for university-wide information technology services (ITS), including systems for teaching, research and administration. He will also give strategic direction and support as the university's ITS infrastructure is developed to meet wide-ranging institutional needs.

“Armstrong is pleased to have Robert Howard lead the university's information technology services team and strategy,” said Armstrong president Linda Bleicken. “He brings with him deep experience in information technology organizations and a solid background in higher education. We welcome Howard to Armstrong and back to his hometown of Savannah.”

Howard offers more than fifteen years of progressive leadership for information technology organizations. He previously served as Assistant Vice President for Academic and Institutional Technology Support at Miami University of Ohio, where he had a proven track record of transforming organizations from lagging to leading in technologies and ITS methods, as well as implementing budget-saving ITS practices. Before that, he served as Director of IT Partnerships at the University of Georgia.

Howard, a Savannah native, received a bachelor's degree in cell biology and microbiology from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in executive leadership and organizational change from Northern Kentucky University. Howard is also a member of EDUCAUSE, IT Service Management Forum USA and the American Society for Quality.