Vice Chancellor Richard Cosentino announced the appointment of Nancy R. Crouch as associate vice chancellor for technology resources and chief information officer for the Division of Information Technology (DoIT).
Crouch, who has 17 years of executive experience in higher education IT, was hired after a national search. She comes to UNCP from Wake Forest University, where she was most recently the deputy chief information officer. Crouch has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining Wake Forest in 1992.
“Nancy is an outstanding addition to our DoIT management team,” Dr. Cosentino said. “She has the experience and capabilities to introduce technological solutions to many of our challenges and problems that we face. Additionally, Nancy is a strong advocate for faculty and student involvement in IT initiatives, priorities, and decisions.”
At Wake Forest, Crouch had wide ranging experiences, including community outreach and creating internship and mentoring opportunities for students with community and corporate partners, including IBM, Lenovo, Cisco and the public schools.
Crouch participated in strategic planning for technology in teaching, campus IT infrastructure, security and business continuity among other critical topics. Of particular note is her extensive work with technology in teaching, learning and research. Crouch’s work also extended to the creation of new standards and processes for the help desk, computer repair services and workplace issues.
Off campus, Crouch represented Wake Forest on the Google EDU Think Tank and a Cisco roundtable of chief diversity officers and CIOs, as a grant evaluator for the National Science Foundation and developing corporate case studies with leading technology companies.
“UNC Pembroke is a school with a history and mission that inspires me, and an IT department poised for growth and leadership,” Crouch said. “I am excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead. I am honored to join the team.”
A graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, Crouch earned a Master of Arts in Education from Wake Forest. She worked as an elementary teacher for 11 years, 10 years in North Carolina prior to her career change into higher education.
Couch also received training from the Bridges Academic Leadership for Women program at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Leadership Development Program at Wake Forest and the Pathways Program of the CIO Executive Council.