Athens, Ga. – Barbara A. White, CIO and associate provost at UGA, recently received the QLE Visionary Award for 2007 from the Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership recognition forums worldwide.
The Visionary Award recognizes an individual for exemplary initiatives in strategic planning, foresight, thought leadership and the employment of quality assurance to support organizational objectives. QLE Visionary awards honor both an executive from an end-user company and an executive from a software company. White received her award in the end-user company category.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected for this award,” said White. “It is, however, an award that represents the efforts of a large number of individuals from Enterprise Information Technology Services and the University of Georgia. The focus both internally and externally on quality assurance is a priority for my organization and we are all grateful for the acknowledgement of efforts represented by this award.”
White was selected from an impressive roster of nominees, along with their teams, who were recognized for exemplary practice in the field of information technology quality assurance. Quality assurance is the standard and practice of planning and implementing systematic processes for assuring that a product or service meets the quality needed and expected by the customer.
Among the quality assurance practices initiated and sponsored at UGA by White are the compact planning process and training in Six Sigma methodology. Compact planning is a highly interactive, collegial, and participatory planning process involving clients, partners, and IT professionals throughout the university. Six Sigma, a quality management program designed to achieve high levels of quality through the application of statistical methods to improve operating efficiency, complements and supports the compact planning process.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer and Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS) are committed to the mission of UGA as a land-and-sea-grant institution where academics come first and the research extensive university community encourages research efforts at the undergraduate and graduate levels. EITS endeavors to provide a robust, reliable and secure information technology infrastructure, maintain essential production services and offer world-class support.