Accomplished technology advocate to lead IT function at GGC
As a first-generation college graduate, Christine Miller Divine is passionate about helping the next generation of college students achieve success. With more than 20 years of experience in supporting student success through information technology (IT), she is in a position to do just that.
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has named Christine Miller Divine, Ph.D. to serve as the college’s chief information officer and vice president of information technology. In this role, which was repositioned to meet the current needs of the institution, Divine will provide leadership, vision and strategic planning for all information services, resources and educational technology and oversee functions including data analytics and visualizations, business intelligence, development, support, compliance, infrastructure, security and technical services.
Divine begins her new role Jan. 13.
"As Georgia Gwinnett College embraces an era of growth and positive change, technological innovations and effective application of existing technology are key to supporting student success,” said GGC President Jann L. Joseph. “We believe that Christine is the right person to lead our IT efforts consistent with our strategic plan.”
Divine currently serves as the vice president for information technology and chief information officer at California State University (Sacramento State) in Sacramento, California. As a member of the president’s cabinet and referred to as a “change management leader,” Divine led the Division of Information Resources & Technology (IRT), guided strategic selection and adoption of technology in support of the school’s goals and administered IRT’s budget of more than $17 million.
Previously, Divine was the university’s associate chief information officer, who oversaw academic and administrative computing, classroom technology, web and mobile services, and data warehouse/visualizations.
Under Divine’s leadership, the university successfully navigated the often complex migration to a new learning management system, gaining buy in and engagement from faculty, staff and students. Sacramento State recognized her efforts in leading the implementation of two-factor authentication, for added security in online access, enhancements to the security of university email, the rebuilding of the Sacramento State website and the implementation of the university’s new VPN solution.
Before her time in California, Divine served for 14 years in various executive information technology roles in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia (UGA). She concluded her time at the college as IT executive director, where she served as a member of the dean’s leadership team, managed a $5 million budget and directed the college’s IT strategic planning, classification and compensation, performance management, security, continuity of operations and disaster recovery.
“I’m thrilled to return to my Georgia roots,” said Divine. “I’m excited about GGC’s growth, potential and direction under President Joseph and want to be part of the team that paves the way for GGC’s success.”
Divine earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at UGA. The recently married Divine and her husband, Mark, also in the technology field, spend much of their free time participating in outdoor sports.