Dr. John Lawson currently serves at Western Washington University as Vice Provost for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer and Professor of Computer Science. His duties encompass the usual gamut of technology areas. Prior to Western he served as CIO at Tulane University and Pepperdine University respectively. John has degrees in education, geography and computer science and has served as faculty member in computer science, director of academic computing, and researcher in a center for advanced technology in education. His passions outside academe include his family, camping and fishing, and flailing at little white spherical objects.