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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Information Technology Council of North Dakota has named Randall Thursby as the 2013 recipient of the North Dakota IT Champion Award. Thursby is the chief information officer of the North Dakota University System.
Thursby has served as chief information officer of NDUS since 2006. During this time, he developed and delivered a strategic vision that was built on an integrated approach to technology innovation.
Randall's vision for the University System included close collaboration with the North Dakota Information Technology Department, the K-12 community, and the private sector," said Duaine Espegard, president of the State Board of Higher Education. "Through these partnerships, he was able to forge a common IT vision that leveraged resources by sharing services, to maximize IT investments while increasing overall efficiencies."
The council annually presents the award to an individual who has championed the development of a North Dakota IT company, promoted the use of technology in the academic realm, or positively influenced the delivery of technology to North Dakota citizens.
"Randall has tirelessly sought to drive down student costs and increase employee productivity," said NDUS Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. "From that framework, he led the development of a number of system-supported solutions that have enhanced capabilities while reducing costs at all 11 NDUS institutions."
Previously, the North Dakota Student Association awarded Thursby with the "Student Advocacy Award" in appreciation for his dedicated services to the students of the state.
"Thursby's foresight has not only touched students, it has also more broadly impacted the entire state," Shirvani said.