Gardner Campbell, Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
R.F. (Chip) German Jr retired from the University of Virginia Library and the Academic Preservation Trust in the spring of 2021. Since October 2014, he had served as program director of the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust.org), a consortium of research university libraries with headquarters at the UVA Library, where he also has served in various capacities, including senior director for scholarly communication. He joined the library after serving as project director for the new University Financial Model (February 2013-November 2014). Previously, Mr. German served as vice president for information resources at Millersville University in Millersville, PA, from 2008 to 2013. His responsibilities included IT and the University Library. From August 2002 through July 2008, he served as the vice president for information resources (also including libraries) and chief information officer at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Prior to UMW, Mr. German served for more than nine years as director of policy and strategic planning at the University of Virginia's Department of Information Technology and Communication with CIOs Polley McClure and Robert Reynolds. In the previous eleven years at U.Va., he was chief of staff to the president, director of the University News Office and director of University Publications. In each of those posts, he led major projects to bring new computer-based technologies into daily use for the first time. Mr. German holds a master’s degree in English Language and Literature and a bachelor’s degree in English and in Biology, both from the University of Virginia.
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