Jamie Southerland was appointed as the Chief Business Officer for Project 2021. Working alongside Dr. Jamie Pennebaker, Executive Director of Project 2021 and Special Advisor to the Provost for Educational Innovation, Southerland will help lead the development of next-generation undergraduate programs through course design, technology integration and rigorous evaluation.
Since October 2014, Southerland has served as the Associate Vice President for Shared Services and Business Transformation where he led the development and implementation of shared administrative and IT services, as well as other business transformation initiatives.
Project 2021, which will be located in the Provost’s Office, has been formed to coordinate the units that help create, implement, and evaluate new teaching and learning methods through work with faculty, departments and colleges. Southerland will bring his business leadership expertise to Project 2021 as it introduces novel small and large classes — both online and in person — that will further the university’s reputation as a leader in higher education. Project 2021 is envisioned as a five-year endeavor to establish the infrastructure for innovation across the campus. At the outset, it will work closely with Extended Campus, Learning Sciences and the Faculty Innovation Center.