Tambellini Technology Leadership Awards

Tambellini Group is proud to announce the winners of its eighth annual Technology Leadership Awards. These honors celebrate the remarkable achievements of higher education’s IT leaders and their teams.


By highlighting their stories of success, our award winners provide inspiring examples of the impact technology leaders and teams can have in improving their campus by driving transformative modernization efforts forward. 



2023 Leadership Awards Criteria

In a year followed by rapid technological innovation on campuses across the country, these awards highlight the leading individuals and teams who stand out for their exceptional commitment and success in driving impactful technology initiatives in the service of their institutional constituents.  

CIO Award

Consistently effective leaders have a rare combination of skills: they strategically drive change while going above and beyond to help and empower their colleagues. The CIO Award recognizes these leaders for their achievements in deploying modern technology across a wide array of areas, including CRM, student engagement, and cloud initiatives. 

Technology Team Award

The strength of an effective team depends on the tireless dedication and meaningful collaboration from numerous individuals across various functions. The Innovative Technology Team Award honors a creative team that successfully led a transformative project focused on improving outcomes for students, faculty, and administration, including change leadership, student engagement, administrative systems, and data and analytics.

History of Tambellini Technology Leadership Awards

The Tambellini Technology Leadership Awards are 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.

2023 Winners

CIO & VP of Information Technology, University of Miami

Past Winners

CIO, University of California, Los Angeles

Project Stella Team

CIO and VP of Information Technology for California Polytechnic State University

Alamo Colleges IT Department

Senior Advisor for George
Mason University

Student Success Initiative

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

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Smith College

Associate Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Oral Roberts University

Chief Information Officer, Saint Xavier University

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

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Smith College

Higher Education Institutions


Solution Providers & Investors

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Michael Bisson: Vice President of Student Product Strategy at Workday
Michael Bisson
Vice President, Student Product Strategy
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Michael joined Workday in 2013 seeding the Student project team and contributing to its initial architecture and design. Michael led the Product Management team as they designed the core student product and facilitated a three-year customer design partner program. Today, Michael leads the Product Strategy team responsible for determining market fit, competitive market intelligence, and overall product direction. Prior to joining Workday, Michael worked 16 years at Peoplesoft and Oracle in support of the Campus Solutions product in Product Management, Development, and Support. Michael has committed his professional career to the improvement of higher education management through the design and development of Student Information Systems.

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