A statewide association has honored Foothill-Anza Community College District’s chief technology officer for his innovation in technology planning.
Vice Chancellor of Technology Fred Sherman accepted the Campus Technology Innovator in Technology Planning Award for his extensive work in redesigning Foothill-De Anza’s technology infrastructure and services. The California Community College Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) presented the award March 22 at its 2010 annual conference.
“Fred Sherman is a strategic thinker, a good manager and a wonderful colleague,’’ said Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Linda M. Thor. “He is a tremendous leader whose skill in planning and implementing large projects is unmatched, as demonstrated by our on-time, on-budget Educational Information System conversion. Our district benefits enormously from having him here.”
Since joining the district in late 2006, Sherman has led the district’s effort to replace its technology backbone and plan and design technology for new and refurbished district buildings, all made possible by a $750 million bond program. He has launched a 15-year program to refresh the district’s computers and his team selected and is implementing the new Educational Information System. In addition, he has led the district’s overall planning effort on a revised Strategic Plan.
Sherman was nominated for the award by Mike Brandy, who worked with Sherman while serving for eight months as the district’s interim chancellor and, before that, as vice chancellor of business services.
“His focus is always on improving the teaching environment through the use of technology and he continues to introduce new concepts and technology to enhance student access and retention,’’ Brandy wrote in nominating Sherman. “He is a key member of the leadership team for Foothill- De Anza.”
During more than a decade in community colleges, Sherman has built a reputation as a respected statewide leader in information technology. He held technology leadership positions with the Butte-Glenn and Barstow community college districts before coming to Foothill-De Anza. Prior to that, he worked for more than a decade as an engineer and manager at General Dynamics. He also has been an active-duty and reserve-duty officer in the U.S. Army.
Sherman holds a doctorate degree in management information systems and a master of business administration (MBA) degree in financial/econometric analysis from Claremont Graduate University; a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California; and a bachelor’s of science degree in applied sciences and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Posted March 24, 2010