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Vice President for Information Technology tapped for national honors

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Bill Hogue is one of two individuals nationwide elected to the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors. Hogue was also selected to receive the first Community Leadership Award from EDUCAUSE. The award recognizes individuals for their roles as community leaders and active volunteers in professional service.

EDUCAUSE is a national association for information technology (IT) professionals in higher education. EDUCAUSE members nominate and elect two individuals each year to serve on the 13-member Board of Directors. Board members serve staggered four-year terms.

Hogue was elected to represent all 2,600 EDUCAUSE member organizations, but he said he is excited about representing the University of South Carolina as well.

"The University of South Carolina will have a seat at the table to engage in discussions about emerging policies, strategies and practices in higher education with some of the best minds in the business," Hogue said.

He was selected from among 68,000 active EDUCAUSE participants nationwide to receive the Community Leadership Award. Colleagues from across the country contributed to Hogue's nomination for the award, compiling a seven-page document highlighting his positive influence on IT development, his leadership and his strengths as a mentor.

The nomination cited Hogue's role as principal investigator on a $1.2-million grant to establish enhanced classrooms and high speed network connections to facilitate joint teaching and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines among historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina, his leadership in co-founding USC's Center for Teaching Excellence, and the recent creation of USC's first research cyberinfrastructure initiative to help support over $220 million in annual grant and contract faculty research.

Hogue said this award is one of the greatest honors of his career. "It's humbling to be chosen from among so many talented people. This recognition would not have been possible without great support and encouragement from family, friends, colleagues and the leadership of USC," he said.

EDUCAUSE made a $3,000 contribution to the Lorie C. Edwards Memorial Scholarship Fund at USC in honor of Hogue's award. Edwards, who served as deputy CIO at USC, passed away unexpectedly in 2006.

EDUCAUSE will present the Community Leadership Award at the association's annual national conference on October 16 in Anaheim.

Hogue has served at the University of South Carolina since 2000 and oversees enterprise IT development, operations, strategy, and support for the university's eight campuses and Palmetto College. He has held leadership positions at Vanderbilt University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Wisconsin System, and MIT. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University and received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina.

UPDATE:

Watch Hogue's presentation given at the EDUCAUSE 2013 conference titled "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Laying Bare the Questions"