After a nationwide search, J. Keith Fowlkes has been named director of Information Technology Services and chief information officer at Centre College.
A veteran CIO, Fowlkes has nearly 25 years of experience in information technology, most recently at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he has served as vice chancellor for information technology and CIO since 2007. Fowlkes will begin his duties May 1.
“I am confident that Keith’s record of success at other liberal arts institutions will translate well here,” said John A. Roush, president of Centre College. “Above all, he understand a campus culture that values technology as a tool to support a very personal approach to education. Keith immediately impressed me with his thoughtfulness, sense of innovation and good humor, all of which will contribute to his success in this important leadership position.”
A native of Union City, Tenn., Fowlkes earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He later earned his master of arts degree in information systems and his MBA at Webster University, and has completed postgraduate work in organizational leadership at Regent University.
“I am very excited about coming to serve Centre College,” said Fowlkes, “because I have known about and long admired Centre as a leader among private, liberal arts institutions. I see it to be not only one of the top-ranked private colleges in the nation but also one fervently committed to the success of its students. To that end, my passion and focus will be to ensure that the students, faculty and staff have the best technology resources possible to achieve important and transformative learning outcomes.”
Fowlkes began his career in higher education at Hanover College in Indiana, first as a computer systems specialist and later teaching before he eventually assumed the role of director of academic computing. This was followed by service at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana as CIO. In addition, Fowlkes has worked in the private sector as a consultant for companies such as PGA Indiana, Goodyear and Microsystems, and for the RCA Championships national tennis tournament in Indianapolis.
Fowlkes replaces Art Moore, who began his career at Centre in 1982 as an assistant professor of mathematics. In 1991, Moore was appointed to lead the fledgling computer services program that eventually became Information Technology Services.
“Art Moore is rightly credited with creating our ITS department here at Centre, and he leaves this essential program in a very strong position for his successor,” said Stephanie Fabritius, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. “Through his success in providing excellent leadership in the area of technology, he has earned the strong respect of his faculty and staff colleagues. We all wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Fowlkes has been active in his community, serving as a church worship leader, in an economic development leadership role for the Wise County Chamber of Commerce, and as a coach and judge for an international youth robotics program. Fowlkes also is an active contributor to his profession, frequently presenting papers at conferences for ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, and writing columns for publications such as Information Week.
In his free time, Fowlkes enjoys reading, performing music and being involved in family activities.
Fowlkes will be joined by his wife, Talitha, and their two young children, Grayson and Teagan.