CMU's newest VP has deep Mesa roots
Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:00 PM
Focus on students. Prioritize. Keep up with rapidly changing technology. Assess the true demand for and benefit of the newest whistles and bells.
Those are a few of the filters Jeremy Brown uses daily as he fulfills his responsibilities as Colorado Mesa University’s newest vice president.
His title as the CMU vice president for information technology is new but his service to the university isn’t. Brown has served as the executive director for information technology at CMU since 2005, he was associate director from 1998 to 2005.
“Under Jeremy’s direction and leadership, CMU has made head-spinning advancements in meeting and, just as importantly, anticipating the technology needs of our students, faculty and staff,” CMU President Tim Foster said when announcing Brown’s appointment to the vice presidency.
“I look forward to continued service to the campus and to meeting people’s technology needs,” Brown said. “I am excited about the growth in the last decade and to continuing to find ways to improve efficiency through technology and anticipating new needs and demands.”
Right now, the bigger picture projects dominating Brown’s world include continued work on a student retention customer relations management technology, exploring better ways to engage students and continuing to expand wireless infrastructure to ensure that performance stays up with user demands for multi-media.
Brown said keeping up with new technology is one of the biggest challenges anyone in a position like his faces.
“We don’t have the staff and the resources to stay on the cutting edge but we do our best to stay on the forefront,” Brown said. “Fortunately, we have a great staff. That’s one of the biggest reasons I like working here.”
The number of requests for service that come to the information technology staff daily is sizeable and that’s where Brown’s ability to prioritize comes into play. Identifying the urgent is essential, he said.
A Mesa alum (BS in physics, ’92), Brown worked in telecommunications for prime contractors at the U.S. Department of Energy compound in Grand Junction before coming to work here. When asked to name the most significant technological advancements during his career thus far, he narrowed the choices to two – the introduction of the smart phone and related mobile devices and the emergence of cloud-based services.
After long days at the office, Brown enjoys going home and spending time with his family. But after dinner, after bath time and story time with his 4-year-old son, does Brown settle in for a little recreational surfing on the ‘net or cue up a video game?
“Absolutely not! If I’m at a computer, I’m working,” Brown said, his face breaking into a wide grin.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations