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Hites receives national ICT award

Computerworld Magazine has chosen Michael Hites, the vice president for New Mexico State University's Planning and Information Technology, for its national Computerworld Premier 100 Award.

Computerworld chooses recipients throughout the nation for the annual award, which are divided into different categories or projects. Hites was selected under the category, "Premier 100 IT Leaders 2008," and received the award at a banquet March 10 in Orlando, Fla.

Hites was chosen for the award for his involvement in replacing NMSU's former administrative system with the new Banner System. Hites said NMSU was able complete the project at about one quarter of the cost of a similar system going in at a comparable university in the region.

"It took about three and a half years to complete the replacement and involved nearly every department at NMSU and all the community college campuses," Hites said. "Almost any major function - including payroll, e-mail and student registration - had to be replaced with the new system."

Previously the systems were all separate, and with different user names and passwords for users to remember. Hites said since the Banner System was completed, helps desk calls have dropped 80 percent.

"Overall, it is a better interface. It's easier for users when data are in one place," Hites said. "It really was a group project, not a single effort. Hundreds of people from ICT and throughout the university did the work on the project."

For more information contact NMSU's ICT Computer Systems at (575) 646-7992.