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ASU Staffer Wins First Rowan Award

May 17, 2011

Brian Jackson, a technology services project manager at Angelo State University, has been named the winner of the inaugural Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award for Excellence in Execution sponsored by the ASU Staff Senate.

An ASU employee since 2008, Jackson was honored at an award ceremony on Monday, May 16, in the ASU Houston Harte University Center. He received a plaque from ASU President Joseph C. Rallo and a $500 honorarium.

The Rowan Award recognizes an ASU staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in carrying out a major project during the last academic year. Jackson was honored for his work leading the implementation of technology, infrastructure and other logistical aspects for ASU’s new Center for Security Studies (CSS).

The letter nominating Jackson for the award stated, “Although Mr. Jackson had no experience with the military or in the development of academic programs…he intuitively took charge of the entire project by networking and brainstorming with university stakeholders to build the initial work and budget projections for the academic programs, personnel framework and instructional technology hardware/software necessary to bring the CSS to reality…As a result of his leadership ability and personal initiative, Mr. Jackson has brought together several working groups designed specifically to work various aspects of the CSS effort, from technology development and procurement to technology integration into our classrooms and degree programs to spearheading a strategic document covering all requirements to get CSS degree programs up and running in August 2011.”

The Rowan Award is based on the story “A Message to Garcia” by Elbert Hubbard. It recalls President William McKinley’s need to get an urgent message to Gen. Calixto Garcia, who in 1899 was leading an insurgent force against Spanish troops in Cuba. However, Garcia was deep in the mountains of Cuba and no one was sure of his exact location. So, the president summoned Col. Andrew Rowan, and gave him a sealed pouch and one simple command: “Get that message to Garcia.” Four days later, Rowan reached shore in Cuba, and three weeks later he emerged from the jungle having successfully delivered the message to Garcia. Col. Rowan did not procrastinate, he simply executed the task he was given.

Other nominees for this year’s award were Jeane Irby, director of strategic planning and communication; Kurtis Neal, director of human resources; Clayton Smith, construction project manager; and Jon Wilcox, Web development specialist.

 

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