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 DEI Leadership Award, new in 2019, recognizes and celebrates exemplary leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our 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.

Recognizing exemplary leaders in our community. 2020 EDUCAUSE Awards

 

Leadership Award

 
Jack Suess

Jack Suess

Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

For modeling selfless leadership and commitment to innovation and creative problem-solving; for advancing research and scholarship in the areas of advanced networks, cybersecurity, identity management, analytics, and technology standards for learning technologies; for creating a culture of collaboration and opportunity among faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders in the higher education IT community; for demonstrating commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Community Leadership Award

 
Hilary J. Baker

Hilary J. Baker

Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Emeritus, California State University, Northridge

For demonstrating innovative and exceptional thought leadership in and across higher education institutions; for modeling the values of inclusiveness, integrity, and personal commitment in service to the community and the profession; for fostering collaborative and supportive environments and mentorship among IT professionals to develop the potential of future leaders in higher education

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DEI Leadership Award

 
Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Associate Vice President and Dean of Online and Continuing Education, University of Utah

For building a culture of inclusion, engagement, and improvement across the higher ed IT profession; for providing creative and visionary leadership, training, and support to help IT professionals advance in their careers; for offering mentorship and being an exceptional role model for what it means to lead through service

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The Rising Star Award

 
Shannon Dunn

Shannon Dunn

Assistant Director, University of Florida Information Technology Center for Instructional Technology and Training

For contributing to advances in instructional technology; for advocating for excellence in teaching and learning; for promoting student success; for championing diversity, equity, and inclusion; for being a supportive mentor and insightful leader

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