Shari Plantz-Masters named founding academic dean of new College of Computer & Information Sciences

May 14, 2015

DENVER – Shari Plantz-Masters, a respected professional in computer and information sciences with more than 30 years’ experience in the field, has been named founding academic dean of Regis University’s recently launched College of Computer & Information Sciences (CC&IS).

Plantz-Masters, who has been with Regis for nearly two decades, was praised by the dean search committee for having a strong vision for CC&IS and a commitment to the Jesuit principles the University advocates. She is a member of multiple boards within the technology sector and, prior to joining Regis, oversaw a $2 billion capital budget and 400 employees at U.S. West. Her areas of expertise range from analysis of educational technology-related doctoral programs to virtual team collaborative problem solving.

“I am excited to work with the outstanding faculty in the College of Computer & Information Sciences, the Colorado business community and the rest of Regis University to apply our expertise in such critical areas as data science, health information management, computer science and software engineering to the tough problems organizations face today,” Plantz-Masters said.

Plantz-Masters received her bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science, her master’s in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Regis launched CC&IS, merging the College for Professional Studies School of Computer and Information Sciences (with ABET accredited programs), the Regis College Computer Science department, and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions Health Information Management department, in 2014.

Regis University is the only Jesuit university with a dedicated computer and information sciences school, championing people who want to study information technology, health informatics and computing as a way to tackle humanity’s biggest challenges, from poverty to clean water access to global climate change.