Phil Ventimiglia, former vice president for innovation and new product development at NCR Corporation, has been appointed Georgia State University’s first chief innovation officer.
Ventimiglia will direct the university’s Information Systems and Technology Department, in addition to exploring new ideas for education at the institution.
“After an extensive search, we are delighted that Phil has joined us to not only lead information technology operations on the campus, but to help define and implement innovative strategies using technology solutions to advance the university,” said James Weyhenmeyer, Georgia State’s vice president for research and economic development.
“We believe Phil’s new role will be transformative for Georgia State as we continue to look at creative and innovative strategies supporting our goal to be a top urban research university.”
Ventimiglia, who also held positions with Dell as the computer company developed new, market-leading notebook computers in the late 1990s and early 2000s, said that Georgia State’s energy and enterprising spirit are vital strengths.
“Even though Georgia State is more than a century old, there’s definitely a willingness to change and try different things,” he said.
Moving beyond today’s online student portals and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the next step in innovation may not be completely technological, Ventimiglia said.
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“The physical experience between the professor and the student is still critical, but how does it get augmented and improved?” he said. “My approach is not to come at it from a ‘we need these technologies point of view.’ It’s what is the experience and what are the benefits that we want to bring to the learning process.”
Ventimiglia grew up in New England. He holds an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Suwanee, Ga., with his wife Laura and three children.