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New Rossier Directors Named

Ryan Best is the new Director of Instructional Technology for the school, where he will be evaluating new and emerging technologies and helping to support technological needs of programs and faculty at Rossier. Formerly the Director of eLearning Development for 2tor, Inc., Best helped customize the innovative 2tor Moodle platform to deliver MAT courses online and increase social collaboration among students and faculty.

Pixie Boyden joined Rossier as the new Director of Management Information Systems (MIS). Boyden comes from Loyola Law School where she served as Assistant Director of Administrative Computing for the past eight years. In her new role at Rossier, she will work to build a vision, direction and objectives for information technology at the school.

Dr. Arman Davtyan joined Rossier as the new Director of the Masters Program, overseeing the administrative operations of the Program Office and the student support functions it serves. Davtyan came aboard after leaving UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Assistant Director of Admissions. With Davtyan joining the Masters Office, Dr. Kristan Venegas now assumes the role of Chair of the Masters Governance Committee.

Jessica Gibson was named the new Director of the EdD Program. As Associate Director for the past seven years, Gibson led the advising program and supervised advisors, managed the course schedule, and assisted with the development of budget and tuition projections. Moving into the Director position, she will also assume recruiting and admissions functions, facilitate curriculum development, manage faculty scheduling, and represent the program for external audiences.

Two Rossier faculty members were also appointed to administrative leadership positions in the school.

Dr. Robert Keim was appointed to the position of Director for Accreditation in November. In this role, Keim will coordinate the NCATE/ CCTC/WASC accreditation processes for the Rossier School. His background includes responsibility for overseeing the accreditation of the USC School of Dentistry. He serves as Associate Professor at Rossier, with a joint appointment at the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Ken Yates was appointed to the position of Director for Program Evaluation in January. In this capacity, Yates will assist in the strategic planning for, and development and assessment of, Rossier’s academic degree portfolio to insure the school continues to offer innovative educational experiences of the highest quality. Yates is a Research Associate Professor at Rossier, and comes from the Center for Cognitive Technology where he has developed training and evaluation programs and conducted research in, and applications of, cognitive task analysis methods to improve human performance, instructional design, and educational technology.


This article was featured in the Winter / Spring 2011 issue of Rossier’s Futures in Urban Ed magazine.

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