Ken Freeman announced as Vice-President of Information Technology
Ken Freeman has been named the Vice President of Information Technology at Webster University. He has held the position of Interim Vice President since April 2011. Freeman was one of three final candidates for the position after a national search.
Michael Mueller, Saint Louis University’s current Information Technology Services Director, and Devin Davis, Clayton School District’s current Chief Informational Officer were also considered for the position. All three candidates participated in open-forum interviews with students, staff and faculty in February.
During his interview, Freeman said he would like to integrate student retention technology, e-portfolios and cloud computing at Webster. Student retention technology, Freeman said, would not only attract potential students with the correct technology but also keep students at Webster. Freeman’s suggestion of e-portfolios would allow students to submit all work in one file rather than turning in hard copies or through a series of emails. Cloud computing, Freeman said, would organize information easily.
Although Freeman does not have a background in higher education, he said on Feb. 1 he is willing to learn more.
“I have experience across multiple industries, and with those experiences, I know how it’s been done in other areas,” Freeman said. “I have that experience and can say, ‘Okay, you did this here, you may be able to do this along with some additional collaboration and thought in the higher education environment.’”
Freeman earned his BA in business management from Herbert H. Lehman College and MA in telecommunications from New York University. Freeman worked in IT management at businesses such as IBM, UPS, Bank of America, Cigna Corp. and Monsanto for about 30 years.