April 28, 2016
Dikran (Deke) Kassabian has been named vice president for information services and technology at the University effective May 2. Interim President Christopher Fiorentino announced the appointment on April 19.
Kassabian, who will report directly to Fiorentino, will oversee the University’s Information Services and Technology division, and have broad operational responsibility for its IT services, functions and activities. He will lead the development of all academic technology systems in order to bridge technology with teaching and learning for use among WCU students, faculty and staff. Kassabian will also oversee information technology-related security and risk management; federal, state and system compliance; professional standards of practice; as well as relevant IT policies and procedures.
Prior to his appointment, Kassabian served as senior director of the Information Systems and Computing organization at the University of Pennsylvania. He oversaw and led project teams in the development of campus-wide networks, collaboration systems, and cloud services. He also provided expert guidance and subject matter expertise during deployments of learning management systems and numerous administrative system projects. During his time at the University of Rochester, he served as the lead systems engineer and the computing & networking manager for the engineering school. In this capacity, he designed large networks and workstation/server deployments to meet faculty and student research and education needs.
Kassabian received an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, and a B.S. in computational mathematics from Long Island University. He is a member of Educause, a national nonprofit association committed to advancing higher education via information technology, and has presented at many national conferences on various topics, including designing high availability networks and university information security. Kassabian has been published in Network World, Educause Review, and the CIO Review.