FLORENCE, S.C. – John B. Dixon has been named chief information officer at Francis Marion University.
His responsibilities include developing and directing an organizational structure which provides integrated academic and administrative technology to include infrastructure and telecommunications, data systems management and user support.
“John Dixon brings a wealth of expertise in the integration of university academic and administrative systems,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “He is a wonderful addition to the university.”
Most recently, Dixon was director of information technology at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa for three years. Prior to that, he was director of information systems at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. for 15 years. During his tenure at both institutions he designed and led the development of several student management software applications, installed and set up computer networks and wrote applications to assist in data management. In addition, Dixon developed strategic technology plans to accommodate information needs for the rapidly growing schools.
Dixon’s vision for FMU is simple. He said, “I just want to get a handle on the expectations of faculty, staff and the students by conducting focus groups,” said Dixon. “Then I want to determine how realistic those expectations are balanced with the resources of the university.”
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Dixon earned the B.A. degree from Lee College and the M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee. Dixon also served a five-year stint in the U.S. Air Force.
Dixon and his wife, Donna, will reside in Florence.