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Villanova University Recognized for Excellence in Information Technology

CIO magazine named Villanova University as one of its 2013 CIO 100 Award winners

VILLANOVA, Pa. —Recognizing Villanova University’s commitment to and excellence in information technology (IT), IDG's CIO magazine has named the University as one of its 2013 CIO 100 Award winners. The annual awards program, now in its 26th year, recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest levels of operational and strategic excellence in IT.

“The use of Information Technology is integral to campus life at Villanova,” said Stephen Fugale, Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer at Villanova University. “It enhances the student experience and plays an important role in teaching, learning, research, and administrative endeavors.”

Villanova has rapidly and innovatively pursued IT solutions and services aimed at transforming academic and business models and positively impacting the overall technology experience for its students and the entire University community. Included among the University’s recent technology enhancements are:

  • Campus-wide implementation of new collaboration system for web and video conferencing
  • Installation of multi-purpose technology learning spaces on campus (Engineering Interdisciplinary Lab, Villanova Business School Technology Center, and Law School Video Production Center)
  • Classroom innovation (including a pilot of un-tethered classrooms, as well as optimized lecture capture, Skype and web conferencing, BYOD “Bring your own device”, etc.)
  • Migration to Cloud/Hosted infrastructure (inclusive of messaging, CRM, learning management, web, etc.)
  • Migration to mobile-enabled capabilities (inclusive of Mobile ID, wireless locks, mobile application, responsive design for the web)
  • Campus-wide rollout of VDI (V-desktop)
  • Enhanced support via new chat and Facebook support options, including BYOE (“Bring your own everything”) support
  • Digitized student recruitment and application processes for document management (includes CRM based eMarketing, electronic applications and paperless workflow)

“We are very pleased to have been selected as an honoree for the annual CIO 100 Awards,” Fugale noted. “It is especially significant for the University, led by our IT Governance Committee, to be acknowledged for the development of a framework and the aggressive execution of plans to address the ‘consumerization of technology’ on our campus.”

"For 26 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & events. "Our 2013 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage."

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About the CIO 100: The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100. Complete coverage of the 2013 CIO 100 awards will be online on Aug. 1, and in the Aug. 1 issue of CIO magazine.  

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

About CIO Magazine: CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise.  The award-winning CIO portfolio—, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO custom solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience.  The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at