Dr. Chris O Odionu
Dr. Chris O. Odionu is the head of department and Director of Distance Education Programs at Texas A&M University Law School and Professor of project management. Chris Joined Alabama A&M University in 2005 as the chief information officer and associate professor of Higher education and educational technology. As the chief information officer, he designed the overhaul of the university building-to-building backbone architecture to a gigabit network and led the implementation of the university first administrative software – SunGard Banner higher education modules. In addition, Chris collaborated with Academic Affairs and designed and established a hybrid/online pedagogy (HOP) community of practice. Prior to joining A&M, Chris served as chief information officer at a number of institutions including University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan, St John's University in Jamaica – Queens, New York, and the Minnesota Community College System at Normandale Community College in Minnesota where, as the first director of Computer Services, he lead the installation of the College first network cables and connectivity to all buildings including classrooms and faculty offices. Chris designed and established the first college Web site and provided Wireless networks all over the campus. Before joining higher education, Chris worked as IT manager and coordinator of special projects in the Telecommunications department of the FirstEnergy Corporation in Akron Ohio, where he implemented the first corporate Website and enterprise-wide middleware applications used by FirstEnergy traders in buying and selling Electric Power in the commodity open market. Chris is a certified network engineer (Novell), certified planning engineer (IT Projects), and a certified Macromedia multimedia trainer with expert level knowledge in authoring systems, network architecture design, Web portal technologies, and deploying and configuring enterprise resource planning applications. He has technical expertise in both applications development (client/server architecture, web technologies) and campus network infrastructure (Cisco and Foundry router configurations, network and building connectivity, security and access control, network storage, and server virtualization). Chris possesses several information technology industry trade certificates including active membership in information systems audit and control association (ISACA), and currently serves as the vice president for the Huntsville local chapter and appointed a faculty/student advocate for the ISACA organization. Chris is active in information systems security association, (ISSA), project management institute (PMI), and a Fellow of the American academy of project management (AAPM), certified in the governance of enterprise information technology (CGEIT), certified in risk and information systems control (CRISC), and a project management professional. Dr. Odionu holds a bachelor's degree in technology, master's degree in business administration with emphasis in information systems, and a doctorate in higher education administration and technology all from the University of Houston. In addition, Chris served as an administrative fellow in a yearlong academic program at Harvard University where he earned a certificate in Administration. Chris has extensive experience designing and setting up network infrastructure in schools and colleges, consulting and delivering distance education, and serves as a faculty member teaching online classes in the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland, University College. At Alabama A&M University, Chris has participated and/or led several industry-related technology training workshops and seminars and has published articles in leading academic journals and presented papers at industry and educational conferences.