GGC hires technology VP

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College has selected a Georgia Tech graduate as its new vice president for educational technology.

Mark Iken, who served as director of information technology for Georgia Tech's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 1998, begins his new job Monday, the college recently announced.

He fills a position that was vacated when the former vice president, Lonnie Harvel, unexpectedly died of a heart attack in November.

Iken earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in physics from Georgia Tech. He has experience in the planning and oversight of multi-million dollar projects and is experienced in the management of faculty and resources -- skills the college said Iken will use to guide the educational technology staff in supporting a growing student body.

"Mark is known as a leader in the development of innovative educational technology," GGC President Daniel Kaufman said in a news release. "In particular, he has pioneered visualization capabilities and developed educational technologies to advance curriculum design and delivery and enhance the student experience.

"He has 23 years of experience in the University System of Georgia and has held several leadership positions that provide him the broad-based perspective required to manage the technology needs of a rapidly growing institution."

Before he served as director of information technology, Iken directed the Georgia Tech Scientific Visualization Lab, which then became an Iris Explorer Center, one of four such visualization laboratories worldwide.

Iken also has experience as an instructor and research assistant in the Georgia Tech School of Physics and was involved in obtaining several grants.

Iken said what excites him most about his new position is the opportunity to innovate, the news release states.

"GGC is an amazing concept. The college uses current technology in ways it's never been used before," he said. "The idea of enhancing the learning environment is embraced by the entire institution. GGC is creative and breaking new ground."