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Georgia College names new chief information officer

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July 12, 2012

Robert OrrRobert OrrGeorgia College has named Dr. Robert Orr as chief information officer (CIO) of the university.

Orr assumed his new duties July 1.                    

Orr has more than 25 years of experience in information technology management in higher education. In his new role he will lead the university’s information technology team, serving all technology needs for the university and implementing new technologies.

“Dr. Orr is someone who is a motivational and effective leader for this critical area that supports the educational mission of the university,” said Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, interim provost. “His strong background in higher education information technology at multiple universities allows him to come in with great appreciation for what our information technology staff has been accomplishing and address our needs going forward from both his professional background and personal experience.”

Orr comes to Georgia College after serving five years as CIO and associate vice chancellor for information resources at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He provided leadership and oversight for the Division of Information Technology, which included a staff of 40 full-time employees. He also served on the Chancellor’s Cabinet as part of institutional leadership.

He previously served as associate CIO, director of the Department of Web Management and associate director for the Coulter Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. He also served as project coordinator for the Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications, master’s degree in human resources and doctorate in educational leadership at Western Carolina University.

Orr served as chair of the University North Carolina-CIO Council. He also is a 2006 Frye Leadership Institute Fellow.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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