(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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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