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UITS leaders honored

Rob Lowden and Sabrina Andrews are among the 50 winners of the EdScoop 50 Awards

News and events Nov 27, 2023

Two UITS leaders have been recognized for advancing the higher education IT industry. Vice President for IT and CIO Rob Lowden and Associate Vice President for Institutional Analytics Sabrina Andrews are among the 50 winners of the EdScoop 50 Awards. The EdScoop 50 Awards highlight the people and projects defining the future of technology in higher education institutions.

The winners represent more than 30 institutions and 10 private sector companies from large university systems to community college and recognize people and projects of various sizes from across the country and are selected with input from the higher ed IT community and EdScoop staff and readers.

Lowden was named one of EdScoop’s Higher Education IT Executives of the Year.

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As vice president for information technology and chief information officer, Lowden sets comprehensive IT strategy and leads IT services, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and research efforts across the university. Additionally, he served as IU’s associate vice president of enterprise systems, during which he led adoption of IU’s course management system, implemented two-factor authentication across IU, and led the development of the Decision Support Initiative to provide IU leaders with access to timely, accurate data to inform better decision-making.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition,” Lowden said. “The EdScoop 50 are comprised of some of the most impactful people and projects within the higher ed IT community and I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated group.”

Andrews, associate vice president of institutional analytics at Indiana University, was named a University Technology Leader of the Year. Andrews has served in leadership roles in institutional research and effectiveness in higher education for more than 25 years, and has been involved in efforts related to enrollment, retention, data management and analytic initiatives.

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Joining UITS in 2022, Andrews spearheaded the new Institutional Analytics unit within UITS. With the goal of serving as the primary unit at IU for internal and external institutional data reporting, Institutional Analytics works with IU’s data to discover information not previously known or used, to help guide the University’s future.

“Leading a new unit can seem daunting,” Andrews said. “And I am deeply grateful for the support and dedication of my colleagues and team. Their hard work and commitment were instrumental in achieving this award and I could not have done it without them.”

The EdScoop 50 awards recognize achievements between July 2021 and July 2022, members of the higher education IT community nominated more than 250 leaders and projects for the award which are then narrowed to 85 by the EdScoop team. Afterwards, EdScoop readers cast more than 240,000 votes to select this year’s winners.

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