Nov. 7, 2012
Interim director of information systems to retire from Northwest
Kyra Mills, the director of networks and data centers and interim director of information systems at Northwest Missouri State University has announced her retirement, the University has announced.
Her last day on campus will be Monday, Nov. 12, and her retirement is effective Dec. 1.
Mills was named to the interim role in November 2011 after the retirement of former Vice President of Information Systems Dr. Jon Rickman. Dr. Roger Von Holzen, the director of Northwest’s Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE), will begin serving as the interim vice president of information systems.
“This was a difficult decision for Kyra, who has exhibited a true commitment to Northwest and improving our technology and computing systems,” Northwest President Dr. Jasinski said. “She is making this decision in the best interest of her family, and that is something we value at Northwest. We thank Kyra for her excellent service.”
Mills joined Northwest as a PC technician in 2000 and has also served the University as a system administrator and data security analyst. Previously, she taught high school math and science in Rock Port for 20 years. In addition to teaching, she provided computer training and support for the school district’s faculty and installed and maintained its computer network.
Von Holzen joined Northwest in 1987 as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. He was appointed director of CITE in 1999 and has been involved in various technology initiatives undertaken by the University, with a primary focus on the incorporation of technology into the learning process. He also is the director of the Northwest Missouri Educational Consortium and director of Textbook Services at the University.Von Holzen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and broadfield social sciences. While teaching high school for 10 years, Von Holzen obtained a Master of Education degree in computer studies from Northwest. He completed his doctorate in instructional technology from Texas Tech University in 1993.
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