Samuel S. Conn, Ph.D. was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in March 2012. Prior to his current position at SPSU, Dr. Conn served as Vice President for Information Technology and Director of Online Learning at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA, Director of the Institute for Distance & Distributed Learning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA, and Chair of the Computer Information Systems Department at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Along with leadership positions in higher education, Dr. Conn has extensive experience in the corporate world of information technology (IT). His work and business affiliations include executive level IT positions with prominent organizations and corporations including a major public pharmaceutical company, international software development company, and the parent company of the largest NASCARâ„¢ franchise.
Dr. Conn is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, a distinguished member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society in the Computing Sciences, member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and member of the United States Distance Learning Association. Academically, Dr. Conn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, and a Doctorate in Information Systems. Moreover, he is widely published on the topics information systems, educational technology, e-learning networks, system development methodologies and epistemic belief research.Beer is senior vice president and chief financial officer for the financial management and planning and financial statistics and structure analysis departments. She is also chief technology officer responsible for Technology Solutions Services at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.