OGDEN, Utah – Bret R. Ellis has been named vice president for Information Technology at Weber State University by the Board of Trustees.
The board’s unanimous approval of Ellis, Tuesday, concluded a national search process undertaken by the university.
Ellis comes to WSU from Brigham Young University Hawaii, where he served as dean of the school of computing. He previously served as that university’s chief information officer from 1997 to 2004. Ellis has more than 20 years of experience in higher education.
“Dr. Ellis brings extensive experience and knowledge to the Information Technology division at Weber State University,” said WSU president Ann Millner. “His background and leadership will be a tremendous asset to our university, as technology continues to evolve and impact all facets of our campus operations.”
Ellis, originally from North Ogden, is excited to return to northern Utah. Both his parents attended WSU. “It’s a great university with a wonderful reputation for educating quality students in many different fields,” Ellis said. “I’ve had association with many of the faculty and staff over the years and have thought this would be a great place to work.”
Ellis plans to provide computing resources in an effective, reliable, sustainable and pro-active way to help the university move forward in this digitized age.
“Computers and information systems are nearly as important as air and water today,” he said. “In higher education, we need to ensure that students, faculty and administration have access to ubiquitous computing resources.”
“I’m very interested in online learning and want to be part of its continued development. I was very impressed by the university’s 2030 vision statement and want to be a part of helping this be realized.”
The author of two books published by Mitchell/McGraw Hill, Ellis earned his doctorate in information systems and computer science from Brigham Young University. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in administrative systems from Utah State University.
Ellis will start his new duties at WSU Aug. 18. He succeeds Don Gardner, who served as chief information officer at WSU for 13 years.
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