Director of Brand & Experience Bryce Pendleton Named Interim Director of IT Services
Southern Virginia University President Bonnie H. Cordon has named Director of Brand & Experience Bryce Pendleton as interim director of information technology services. While continuing to oversee the university’s brand and digital experience, Pendleton will also now manage the Office of Information Technology. In this new role, he will focus on optimizing systems, services, and user experience for students, faculty, and staff.
“Our students interact with technology at every stage of their SVU journey—from their first visit to the website to viewing their final transcripts, and everything in-between,” said Pendleton. “IT serves an essential role in delivering brand experiences for our students and community, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to help improve these experiences at a university I love.”
Overseeing branding and creative since 2016, Pendleton has managed the university’s website, svu.edu, while assisting in the University’s color and logo redesign in 2017, and successful applications for Apple Distinguished School status in 2019 and 2022. He currently serves on Southern Virginia’s Alumni Association Advisory Board and is leading the development of a new university website, which will launch this year.
“President Cordon asked me to apply my experience in user design and branding to evaluate and assess our systems, identify the tools our students are using, and find ways to optimize and improve experiences with technology,” said Pendleton. “My goal is to align our tech stack with the university’s brand, identity, and mission.”
“We’re preparing to launch an updated university website in the coming weeks and we’re working on implementing a curriculum management software called Coursedog,” continued Pendelton. “Coursedog is an industry-leading curriculum management software that will help streamline academic operations, course scheduling, and catalog updates to improve processes and user experiences for students as well as the registrar and provost offices.”
After completing his master’s program at Virginia Tech, Pendleton worked as an architectural designer at Kirchner & Associates Architects before returning to Southern Virginia in 2016 as an adjunct instructor of two- and three-dimensional design, serving in that role until 2018.
“We have a really strong team in IT with great people who are working hard to ensure students, faculty, and staff have the tools they need to be successful in the classrooms and beyond,” said Pendleton. “Our partners at Apple have praised us for how effectively we deploy the iPad to new students each semester—that’s a testament to the effectiveness of our team and their dedication.”
Pendleton graduated valedictorian from Southern Virginia University as a double-major in art and politics in 2010—where he was also a member of the men’s basketball team and the student association executive council. After graduation, Pendleton completed a master of architecture (M.Arch III) program at Virginia Tech and received the 2013 Bill Brown award for a graduate student who best exemplifies the qualities of a successful architecture student. He and his family live in Lexington, Virginia.