Priscilla Hancock, former vice chancellor for information technology for the University of Alabama system, has assumed the post of vice president for information technology and chief information officer.
“Dr. Hancock brings an impressive record of administrative experience in information technology,” said University Provost Shirley Willihnganz.
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.
“Dr. Hancock brings an impressive record of administrative experience in information technology,” Willihnganz said.
Hancock earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. All of her degrees are 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?”