Gloria Thornton
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Technology Planning
(336) 334-5494


Thank you for visiting the Academic Technology Planning (ATP) website. As the Associate Vice Provost for ATP, my goal is to work collaboratively across all areas reporting to the Provost to identify, plan, and promote appropriate strategies to meet academic and administrative technology needs. I have 20+ years of experience in IT at UNCG, beginning as a graduate assistant, and, immediately prior to my current position, serving as the Director of Research Computing in Information Technology Services. I joined Academic Affairs in March of 2017 to help plan and enable technology services in support of unit/school and department strategic priorities and the University’s “Giant Steps” strategic plan.

As a “double” alumna of UNCG (MA ’96 Sociology; MA ’02 Applied Statistics), I think UNCG’s size and strengths offer a remarkable opportunity for use of technology to connect the traditional classroom experience with experiential learning and knowledge transformation through research, creative activities, and community engagement. Supported by appropriate technology services, UNCG develops well-rounded graduates prepared to contribute to their local communities and broader regions in the context of a global society. Technology serves to enhance, and often enable, instruction and scholarly inquiry, while also streamlining administrative processes, allowing students, faculty, and support staff to focus attention on core academic activities.

As Chair of the Academic Technology Planning Council (ATPC), I strive to manage a transparent, collaborative process for establishing and overseeing our technology priorities. Please visit the ATP homepage for links to the current project priority list and information regarding the ATPC charge and membership.

Please contact me if you have questions regarding technology priorities and the technology planning process governed by the ATPC.