The American Association of University Administrators (AUAA) has decided to present the Blackburn Award and Exemplary Models Award to the Information Technology Division at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, under the leadership of Kirk Nugent.
The award will be presented at a luncheon during the organization’s annual leadership seminar in June, at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Blackburn Award is considered AAUA's highest institutional/programmatic recognition.
To be considered for the award, the technology team submitted a report describing some of the notable accomplishments of the Division. For the Exemplary Models Award, OUIT led the institution through the ever-evolving developments in information technology. Major accomplishments are expanding the campus network, building and testing a business continuity plan with offsite infrastructure, and working with faculty to bring technology literacy to all students including those in career preparation.
The Blackburn Award and Exemplary Models Awards recognize outstanding examples of college/university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education. These include programs or methods that exemplify successful efforts to meet internal or external challenges and demands-including, but not limited to-those posed by one or more of a wide variety of influencing sources such as legislative bodies or public policy bureaucracies, accreditation agencies, institution-based strategic aspirations, and/or external demands for documentable evidence of the effectiveness and value of higher education.
AAUA’s mission is to develop and advance superior standards for the profession of higher education administration. Through its policy statements, programs, and services the association emphasizes the responsibility of administrators, at all levels, to demonstrate moral and ethical leadership in the exercise of all their duties.
— Oakwood University Information Technology; article taken from the Spring 2018 Oakwood Magazine.