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2016 EDUCAUSE Award Recipients

The Leadership Award

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William Graves

(Posthumous Recognition)
Formerly VP at Ellucian and Founder and Director, Institute of Academic Technology

For lifetime achievement in the field of higher education; for pioneering technology-enabled strategies to improve institutional and academic performance; for playing a key role in launching and developing many of the foundational organizations that continue to benefit the higher education community

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Donald Z. Spicer

Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO, University System of Maryland

For extraordinary leadership, effectiveness, and statesmanship; for visionary promotion of IT at institutional, system-wide, and organizational levels; for fostering collaborative efforts to develop a thriving environment of IT services and support; for research that advanced the thinking around strategic issues in higher education

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The Community Leadership Award

Timothy Chester
Timothy Chester

Vice President for Information Technology, University of Georgia

For his exemplary and wide-ranging sphere of influence in the higher education IT profession; for extraordinary thought leadership in IT service assessment, management, and delivery; for mentorship and advancing professional development within the higher education community

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The Rising Star Award

Emily Lynema
Emily Lynema

Associate Head, IT, and Director of Academic Technology, NCSU Libraries NC State University

For pioneering contributions in the library technology community within higher education; for leading the development of user-centered technology applications in support of the institution’s overall teaching, learning, and research program; for exemplifying the qualities of a rising star in higher education IT

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Thank you to

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Moran Technology Consulting, Gold Partner, is proud to sponsor the recognition of visionary leaders who are transforming the strategic role of information technology in higher education.


About EDUCAUSE Awards

The EDUCAUSE Awards Program, under the guidance of the Recognition Committee, brings peer endorsement and distinction to professional accomplishments in higher education IT.

The Leadership Award is our highest recognition and honors exemplary leaders whose work has had significant positive impact on advancing the theory and practice of information technology in higher education.

The Community Leadership Award recognizes members for their roles as community leaders and active volunteers in professional service to the broader higher education information technology community.

The Rising Star Award recognizes rising leaders in higher education information technology whose records reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership and responsibility.


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