Iken to serve as GGC vice president for Educational Technology

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman announced today that Dr. Mark Iken has been selected as GGC’s new vice president for Educational Technology. Iken assumes his new post July 11.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman announced today that Dr. Mark Iken has been selected as GGC’s new vice president for Educational Technology. Iken assumes his new post July 11.

“Mark is known as a leader in the development of innovative educational technology,” said Kaufman. “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.”

Iken has served as director of Information Technology for the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1998. Before that, he directed the Georgia Tech Scientific Visualization Lab which then became an Iris Explorer Center, one of four such visualization laboratories worldwide.  He worked as an instructor and research assistant in the Georgia Tech School of Physics, and was involved in obtaining several grants. This experience enables him to relate to the needs of faculty in the classroom and laboratory.

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

Iken’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees are all in physics and all from Georgia Tech. He has proven himself successful in the planning and oversight of multi-million dollar projects and experienced in the management of faculty and resources – skills he will use to guide GGC’s Educational Technology staff in supporting an ever-increasing student body.

“Students learn in different ways. Some learn from lectures, some learn by working through problems and some are highly interactive,” Iken said. “Technology allows you to tap into a person’s interest in learning, no matter their personal style.”

When asked what intrigued him the most about his new position at Georgia Gwinnett, Iken responded, “I am most excited about the opportunity to innovate.”

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