President Merrill J. Bateman has announced the appointments of Addie Fuhriman as assistant to the president for planning and assessment and Eric L. Denna as vice president of information technology and chief information officer at BYU.
As dean of graduate studies, Fuhriman was a major force in improving BYU's graduate offerings. "Professor Fuhriman has proven to be an effective administrator, with special skills in helping departments build assessment procedures," says Bateman. "She is held in the highest esteem by the faculty and students and works extremely well with people in all settings."
A psychology professor, Fuhriman came to BYU in 1992 from the University of Utah, where she had served as chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and as a member of the executive committee of the faculty senate. She also received the University of Utah's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Fuhriman is a licensed psychologist and has served as president of the Utah Psychological Association, chair of the Utah State Psychology Licensing Board, and president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. She is a member of the board of directors for the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance and a past member of the general boards of the LDS Relief Society, YWMIA, and MPMIA. She replaces Ned C. Hill, recently named dean of BYU's Marriott School of Management.
Denna's position is newly created. "With his vast experience in information systems and information technology coordination, Eric Denna is highly qualified to lead BYU into a new era as the university works to effectively manage and use technology for the good of its students and faculty," says Bateman.
Known for challenging traditional thinking about how organizations work and how they use information technology, Denna has had a successful career both in academia and in industry. In 1988 Denna joined the BYU School of Accountancy faculty, where he was instrumental in creating the School of Accountancy and Information Systems. In 1991 he was awarded the William C. Brown Teaching Excellence Award for his innovation in the classroom. Denna left BYU in 1995 to become the chief information officer for Times Mirror Higher Education Group. He returned to the Marriott School of Management in 1997.