Berea College President Lyle Roelofs announced today that Huapei Chen will join Berea College as the new Chief Information Officer. She will begin her appointment on September 1, 2015.
“Ms. Chen brings with her a depth of leadership experience, most recently as the Chief Information Officer at the University of Nevada, Reno,” says President Roelofs, who added that Ms. Chen will also serve on the Administrative Committee of the College. “Throughout her career, Huapei has focused on creating strong partnerships within campus communities by enabling the institutions she has served to improve and enhance technological infrastructure.”
Before serving as CIO at the University of Nevada, Reno, Ms. Chen was employed as Senior Director of Systems, Services, and Infrastructure at the University of Texas, Austin; Director of Architecture and Infrastructure at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Director of Information Technology for the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from SUNY Albany. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.
Ms. Chen states that “being able to serve as the CIO is my passion, a meaningful path that allows me to enable others, especially those that are underserved, like I was years ago. It is truly my honor and privilege to be a part of the Berea community and its greater cause. I look forward to being on site soon.”
Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea admits academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. No student is charged tuition. All students must work at least 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, living out the College’s scriptural motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”