Lata L. Johnson

Director of Information Technology and Support Services
(225) 771-2142 ext 265

A twenty-four year veteran in computer technology, Lata Johnson has been director of the Office of Information Technology at Southern University Law Center since February, 1997. She is responsible for the development, maintenance and expansion of computer services at the Law Center. She determines the feasibility of computer equipment and applications to address student, staff and administration needs. Since her arrival, she has incorporated the following: , network connections for all employees and the labs at the Law Center , a high speed 10mb internet connection, state-of-the-art multimedia class rooms , distance learning, federal courtroom type digital courtroom, a wireless network, web as well as automation of many day-to-day activities of the Law Center . She has also taken on the added responsibilities of handling and upgrading the telecommunication needs of the Law Center from an analog system to a digital system, switching the security camera system from an analog VCR based system to a digital web based system and implementing a web based access control system for the new addition to the Law Center building. She formerly worked as the PC and Network support person for the Southern University Baton Rouge campus (from 1988 to 1997) supporting approximately 10,000 students, its staff and administration.

Originally from India, she holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Southern University and a Masters degree in Botany from India. Lata Johnson is a committee member of the Louisiana Banner User Group (LABUG) and also the project manager for the Banner implementation at the Law Center. She is also a steering committee member for Banner implementation at Southern University. She teaches a course in the Southern University computer science department as an adjunct instructor. She has been active in the local community, volunteering her services in various organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America, Homeless Shelter, and Pat's coats for kids. She is active in the Kerala Cultural Association (KCA) as a past president and current member. Currently, she is the president of the Council of Information Services Directors (CISD), a state-based IT organization that supports the growth, advancement, and sustainability of information technology resources in Louisiana. CISD also promotes coordination among the state information services organizations and serves as a primary advisory group for decision-makers on IT matters.