Her brother’s transistor radio, to be exact. “He received it as a high school graduation gift in 1961. I remember this vividly because I was very jealous at the time,” she said, laughing. “That’s when I got interested in technology because it was fascinating to me that the radio didn’t need to be plugged in anywhere. My brother could listen to music as loud as he wanted and never have our dad yell at him.”
These days, the transistor radio has been replaced by an Apple Watch and her iPhone 6 Plus, but Van Gordon has never lost her fascination with technology. As regional CIO for Indiana University, she spends her days traversing the state, identifying the technology implications for strategic goals and serving as an advocate for the development and use of IT in teaching, research, and service for IU’s five regional campuses and the IUPU Columbus Center."
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