Janice Kijak has been hired as director of Administrative Computing Systems (ADMCS) at Western Washington University.
Kijak, hired following a national search, will begin at Western on March 30. She succeeds former ADMCS Director Bob Schneider, who has retired from Western.
“Administrative computing at Western has a wonderful reputation for stable applications and a staff interested in helping the institution move forward. Bob Schneider provided outstanding leadership for this talented group. Janice Kijak will continue that leadership and provide additional skills in project management and business process analysis. Janice is an excellent communicator and collaborator and I am looking forward to working with her and the great staff in ADMCS,” said Western Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO John Lawson.
Kijak, who has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Mich., has more than 30 years of experience in the information technology field. Her experience in higher education is extensive, including the past 20 years at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she most recently served as director of Enterprise Systems.
At Kenyon College, she also served as director of Information Systems, acting associate director of Administrative Systems and as Information Systems analyst. Prior to working at Kenyon College, she also was a lead programmer/analyst at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif.
ADMCS provides programing, systems analysis, business process redesign, and database support for most enterprise systems at Western. There are 17 employees in the unit organized into four general areas: Student Systems; Business Systems; Database; and Applications Support. The unit has close liaison with some decentralized administrative support groups and provides guidance to the functional support personnel in key departments such as the Registrar, Admissions, and Human Resources. Under the guidance of the retiring director, the unit has developed a strong reputation for service and excellence