UTSA CIO Kenneth Pierce named IT Executive of the Year

Kenneth Pierce

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(April 4, 2014) -- InnoTech has named Kenneth Pierce, UTSA vice provost for information technology and chief information officer, as the 2014 IT Executive of the Year for the public sector. Pierce was honored Wednesday at the North San Antonio Chamber CIO Luncheon as well as at the San Antonio Spurs basketball game.

InnoTech is the largest business and technology conference in South Texas held annually at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

"InnoTech is excited to recognize the accomplishments of San Antonio's technology community and a fantastic leader such as Ken Pierce for the IT Executive of the Year Award. He is very deserving of this award and recognition," said Sean Lowery, director, InnoTech San Antonio Conference.

Pierce joined UTSA in 2009, and as CIO, he is responsible for leading and overseeing the Office of Information Technology in support of enterprise applications, infrastructure, academic computing, research computing and user support. Pierce also oversees efforts to develop strategic technology plans, identify emerging technology needs across the institution and establish annual technology priorities in support of the university's strategic goals.

Under his leadership, UTSA has undergone a $1 million wireless network upgrade; developed InSight, a management dashboard that allows all colleges and departments to manage their computer assets proactively; rebuilt the systems infrastructure and university data center; secured two Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants; and developed a Research Data Center to support the university's progress toward being recognized as a Tier One research institution.

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