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Goodyear to leave Information Services; KU taps Syracuse librarian as successor

LAWRENCE -- The leadership of a key unit overseeing campuswide technology, networking, printing and library services will change next year, the University of Kansas announced today.

Vice Provost Marilu Goodyear, who has led KU's Information Services since 1999, will leave in July 2005. She has accepted a yearlong research appointment as a fellow for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research in Boulder, Colo., a national higher education information technology association.

Goodyear will return to KU in 2006 to her faculty position with the top-ranked Department of Public Administration. She will teach and conduct research in information policy and public management.

Denise Stephens, former head of KU's Anschutz Library and currently acting university librarian at Syracuse University in New York, has been named to succeed Goodyear as vice provost, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost David Shulenburger announced today. Stephens, who has expansive experience in traditional and emerging digital information services, was a leader in implementing Anschutz Library's first wireless instructional facility in 2001.

" I am delighted that Denise Stephens wanted to return to Kansas and that her professional schedule coincided so well with Marilu Goodyear's wish to return to an academic position," Shulenburger said. "Her timing could not have been better. I look forward to working with Denise to continue the really exceptional progress we have achieved under Marilu's leadership of Information Services.

" I wish Marilu all the best. She has accomplished so much in the very difficult area of academic technology. I know she will bring wonderful insights to professionals in the area of information technology and to her academic discipline of public administration.”

KU's Information Services, which includes administrative and academic computing, the KU Libraries, networking and telecommunications, and printing services, provides the information infrastructure for the university. It employs 365 full-time faculty and staff and manages $36 million in resources annually.

Goodyear, a native of Independence, Mo., came to KU in 1996 from Texas A&M University, where she was associate director of libraries. During her tenure as vice provost, KU Information Services has rapidly expanded information technology services to the campus, including implementing:
-- The Digital Library, which provides online access to research materials. KU was the second university to implement this new search function.
-- A campuswide system to support e-mail, calendaring and electronic group discussions.
-- An online Blackboard system to support course management.

Other accomplishments include KUScholarWorks, a repository for research produced at KU; major improvements to the campus data and voice networks and to KU's Web presence; and making KU a founding member of BioOne Inc., a national scholarly communication organization that provides cost-effective access to biological literature.

" I have been an academic administrator for over 22 years and have decided that I would like to have more time to devote to research and making contributions to national efforts," Goodyear said. "Information Services has a great leadership team and employees who have accomplished a great deal in the last six years. It has been a pleasure to be their leader, and I know they will continue their important work under the able leadership of Denise Stephens."

Starting in July, Goodyear will work with the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, which assembles leading scholars, practitioners, researchers and analysts to focus on issues of critical importance to higher education, many of which have increasingly complicated implications. Goodyear will study the role of mentoring in the development of information technology leaders.

Stephens has a master's degree in library and information services and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. She has specialized in organizational development, program assessment and strategic planning.

Before coming to KU, Stephens worked at the University of Virginia Library, where she developed a geographic information center and initiated a digital service to deliver fragile scientific material through the Internet. While at KU, she lead the university's second-largest research library and oversaw a merger of two campus libraries.

Stephens went to Syracuse in 2002. She led development of a planning strategy for the library system, which as 2.7 million volumes and 200 personnel.

" Collaboration is what it is all about," Stephens said. "I like to work with partners to pull together the best people, the best resources and the best plan for the future and make it work for everyone. Our challenge is to intelligently apply technological and library expertise through services that empower students, researchers, other information users. This is the distinct value Information Services brings to KU."


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