Rick Matthews appointed Wake Forest associate provost, information systems
April 10, 2008
Wake Forest University has appointed Rick Matthews as associate provost for information systems. He begins his new position May 1.
Matthews joined Wake Forest’s physics department in 1979 from the Naval Research Laboratory. He is professor of physics and served as department chair from 1998 to 2007, when he joined the Office of the Provost as an associate provost. He received a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Matthews’ appointment comes as Wake Forest moves management and responsibility for Information Systems to the Office of the Provost from another administrative area.
"The transition, in part, reflects the recognition in the university’s strategic planning process that cutting-edge computing technology and support are key components of successful teaching and research at Wake Forest,” wrote Provost Jill Tiefenthaler and Vice President for Administration Matthew Cullinan in an e-mail sent April 9 to faculty and staff.
“Rick will lead Information Systems in providing not only the appropriate technology but also well-coordinated support services vital to foster student learning and to support research,” Tiefenthaler and Cullinan wrote.
They added that Information Systems also will focus effort on computing security and providing staff and administration with “accurate, timely, and accessible data, as well as the tools they need to effectively and efficiently manage the university’s operations and activities.”