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The Tambellini Group CIO Award ☆ ☆ ☆ Honoring Dr. Wayne Brown


The Tambellini Group sponsors the annual CIO Award as a recognition of excellence within higher education technology leadership. The award process exemplifies the Tambellini mission to capture, validate, and share insights on vital information for the higher education technology community.

The award highlights IT leaders who demonstrate effective leadership, innovation, and creativity in planning and deploying modern technology. It identifies those who go above and beyond in helping their colleagues and offering positive and compelling contributions to the higher education community.

Through this award, current, future, and past CIOs will be reminded of the difference one person’s leadership and commitment can make in the advancement of education technology and to the profession of being a CIO in higher education.


The CIO Award is given in honor of Dr. Wayne Brown, as a tribute to his tremendous impact on CIOs in higher education. Dr. Brown is a longtime chief information officer in higher education, industry and the US Air Force. He has devoted his professional and academic studies to CIO attributes and effectiveness in higher education.

Dr. Brown has led the CHECS CIO study since 2003. This research provides valuable information about higher education CIOs’ attributes, education, experience, and effectiveness.


Nominations are solicited each January from professionals responsible for technology leadership at higher education institutions.

Individuals may be nominated by their colleagues at any institution, or may put their own name into nomination. Persons being nominated are not required to have a CIO title, but must be a high-ranking IT executive within the college or university. Nominations for CIOs that currently work or have retired in the immediate past year are eligible to receive this award.

Judging of the nominations is carried out by the Executive Advisory Council of The Tambellini Group, representing technology leadership at higher education institutions throughout the country.

The CIO Award winner is announced in February of each year.

Award Winners

2018 Winner
2018 CIO Award Winner - Dr. Sharon Blanton

Dr. Sharon Blanton

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, The College of New Jersey

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2017 Winner
2017 CIO Award Winner - Michael Mathews

Michael Mathews

Associate Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Oral Roberts University

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2016 Winner
2016 CIO Award Winner - Molly Maley-Gaik

Molly Maley-Gaik

CIO, Saint Xavier University

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