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The College of New Jersey's VP and CIO Sharon Blanton Receives 2018 CIO of the Year Award

Annual Recognition Sponsored by The Tambellini Group

Irvington, Virginia – February 26, 2018 – The Tambellini Group, the world’s leading independent research and advisory firm dedicated exclusively to higher education, today announced that the recipient of the 2018 Tambellini CIO of the Year Award, is Dr. Sharon Blanton, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at The College of New Jersey.

A CIO for over 20 years, Dr. Blanton’s career spans a number of educational organizations. She is recognized for leaving behind a highly-functioning and well-respected IT operation at each school. Dr. Blanton has a track record of thought leadership and successful strategic planning across multiple higher education institutions, and in her role as a board member for many organizations. She is a trusted source who has inspired people with her enterprising ideas and passionate leadership.

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.

“We are proud to honor Dr. Blanton and her consistent record of enduring accomplishments,” said Vicki Tambellini, President and CEO of The Tambellini Group. “She has a keen ability to identify the most strategic needs in each setting and convert her vision into outstanding services for her institution. Throughout her career, Dr. Blanton has actively contributed back to higher education and the IT profession.”

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, and 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’ characteristics, education, experience, and effectiveness.

Through this award, current, future, and past CIOs are 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.

About The Tambellini Group
The Tambellini Group (Tambellini) is the only independent analyst and advisory firm dedicated exclusively to higher education. With a team of analysts and researchers who have decades of higher education expertise, and a database of 65,000 technology selections of more than 19,000 global institutions, Tambellini offers unbiased analysis and objective insight on education technology and market trends with verifiable data. Tambellini helps higher education executives, business leaders, and the investment community make fact-based technology decisions to achieve their key strategic goals. Founded in 2001, Tambellini is a woman-owned business headquartered in Irvington, Virginia. www.thetambellinigroup.com, telephone (804) 438-9393.

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Mary McDaniel, Chief Marketing Officer
The Tambellini Group
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(e) mary.mcdaniel@thetambellinigroup.com

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