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20 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM people What CIOs actually study A degree in IT or administration can help, but top CIOs have degrees in everything from religious studies to zoology Jonathan Alboum, Agriculture Depart- ment CIO, is a University of Virginia alum; he studied systems engineering as an undergraduate and earned a mas- ters in IT management. Darren Ash, CIO at the Nuclear Regula- tory Commission, majored in interna- tional studies at American University and holds two master ’s degrees: in public administration from Syracuse University and information systems from George Washington University. Department of Health and Human Services CIO Frank Baitman studied political science and English as a State University of New York at Albany under- graduate, then went to the University of Maryland for a master ’s degree in public management. Sonny Bhagowalia, Treasury Depart- ment CIO, has both a bachelor’s and a master ’s in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University and another master ’s — this one in information resources management — from Syra- cuse University. Interior Department CIO Sylvia Burns double-majored in geology and a special honors curriculum at Hunter College, and has a master’s in business management and policy from Stony Brook University. Commerce Department CIO Steve Coo- per has a bachelor ’s degree in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Department of Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council has a trio of busi- ness degrees: a bachelor’s from Western Illinois University, an MBA in operations management from Illinois State Univer- sity and a doctorate in business admin- istration from Drexel University. Rafael Diaz, CIO at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was a biology major at the University of Illi- nois, earned a master ’s in human servic- es administration from Spertus College and holds a computer career program certificate from DePaul University. Environmental Protection Agency CIO Ann Dunkin is a two-time graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a bachelor’s in industrial systems engi- neering and a master ’s in manufacturing systems engineering. Defense Department CIO Terry Halvor- sen focused on history and pre-law at Widener University, then earned a mas- ter ’s degree in educational technology at the University of West Florida. Danny Harris, the Education Depart- ment’s CIO, majored in communications at North Carolina A&T State University, then went to Howard University for both a master’s and a doctorate in organiza- tional management. Energy Department CIO Michael John- son has a master’s in computer science and engineering. Joseph Klimavicz, the Justice Depart- ment CIO, attended Virginia Tech for both a bachelor of science and a master ’s degree in engineering. Labor Department CIO Dawn Leaf did her undergraduate studies at McDaniel College and earned a master ’s degree in systems engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Renee Macklin, the Small Business Administration’s CIO, majored in com- puter systems technology at the Roch- ester Institute of Technology and earned her master’s in information systems management from American University. Jay Mahanand, CIO at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has a bachelor ’s degree in engineering from the University of Maryland. Luke McCormack, CIO at the Depart- ment of Homeland Security, has an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and certifications from Columbia University and National Defense University. Transportation Department CIO Richard McKinney studied political science at Ohio State University before earning a bachelor ’s degree and a master ’s degree in public administration from Tennessee State University. National Science Foundation CIO Amy Northcutt went to Smith College for her undergraduate studies, earned a master ’s degree in religious studies Management and administration degrees far outnumber engineering and computer science. There are 2 lawyers and 2 Ph.D.s. 0830fcw_014-026.indd 20 8/12/15 9:26 AM
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