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August 2009

Release Date: Aug. 17, 2009ASU Logo

ASU’s Fox Honored by State Information Technology Group

The Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communication (TASSCC) has named Angelo State University’s Doug Fox as the 2009 recipient of the President’s Excellence Award in Information Technology.

Fox, ASU’s associate vice president of information technology and chief information officer, received the award Aug. 11 during TASSCC’s annual meeting in Houston. Fox has worked at ASU since 1996 and overseen the growth of ASU’s office of Information Technology from 15 employees to 45 plus some 70 student workers. During that time, Fox has become a statewide leader in the implementation of major computing/information technology projects.

The TASSCC’s President’s Award recognizes individual leadership and excellence in information technology by an individual who works for a state agency or institution of higher education. The award honors an IT manager who has provided outstanding information services leadership to the state over many years. Consideration is given to those who have mentored others and shared their IT experience/knowledge with others, have promoted intergovernmental cooperation and collaboration, and have supported the goals of the TASSCC organization.

His nomination letter stated that Fox “understands the key role of IT in higher education and recognizes that the successful IT operations are a combination of both the technical and the personal. In a field where the human element, often in the end-users, is many times undervalued, Doug strives to ensure that IT professionals keep the individuality in the IT equation.”

In addition to that, he understands the importance of process in information technology and has developed model procedures for implementing major software projects on time and on budget. For instance, in 2003 Fox and his leadership team began a three-year initiative to completely replace and fully integrate ASU’s administrative enterprise systems. In the process, ASU became the first four-year institution in Texas to implement the full Banner software suite, making Angelo State a model for developing a successful transition process. The ripple effect of his successful ASU model has helped other universities in Texas and the nation succeed in similar projects.

For the past 12 years, Fox has been instrumental in collaboration with and in the evolution of the State of Texas State Data Center, a public-private partnership between the Texas Department of Information Resources, ASU and the private sector. The center is housed on the ASU campus and provides electronic backup for numerous state agencies.

In 2008 Fox worked with a team from IBM, ASU and Texas Tech University to establish a unique internship program at the State of Texas Data Center to give future technology leaders invaluable work experience in high demand areas. This effort reflected both Fox’s commitment to the IT profession and to ASU and TTU students, who have the opportunity to gain strong professional experience in a well-paying internship.

Most recently, Fox has been elected chair of the Texas Connection Consortium (TCC). With over 40 member institutions, including Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UT-San Antonio, the TCC Board oversees the statewide Sungard contract and operates a technology center that develops Texas-specific software modifications for the Sungard/Banner enterprise systems. This has helped generate greater cost-savings to the state while helping ensure that Sungard products are tailored to meet a variety of state needs.

While ASU was in the Texas State University System, Fox was instrumental in bringing together the technology leaders from the diverse campus environments to collaborate on a variety of technology initiatives, focusing on cost savings, improved efficiencies and enhanced opportunities to share resources between the member institutions.

Before joining the ASU administration, Fox worked in information technology in the private sector for GTE Data Services. He is a graduate of Angelo State with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and math.